CASA Welcomes Green Party Post-Secondary Education Proposal, Calls on Other Parties to Do the Same



    OTTAWA, Sept. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Alliance of Students
Associations (CASA) today welcomed Green Party leader Elizabeth May's
announcement of her party's plan to increase financial support for
post-secondary students and ease the momentous debt burden that Canadian
students currently face.
    "Students applaud the Green Party's decision to address post-secondary
issues in this election," said Zach Churchill, National Director of the CASA.
"We are concerned that the Green party proposal does not address specific
details such as how much new bursary funding the plan includes, and how the
bursaries will be targeted to best help students."
    "We are pleased to see the Green Party making a strong commitment to
increase funding for post-secondary students in Canada, and help relieve
crushing student debt loads," said Churchill. "But students need to hear more
details about their proposals. Specifically, we would like to see the Green
Party target the increases in bursary funding towards raising the
participation rates of underrepresented groups, such as Aboriginal students
and students with disabilities."
    Churchill also called on the other parties to put forward their positions
on how best to address the access crisis facing post-secondary education in
Canada today.
    Only 33% of Canadians with disabilities of working age obtained a
university degree, college or trade diploma according to Census Canada data.
And just 23 per cent of our Aboriginal population have a PSE credential,
15 percentage points below the non-Aboriginal population.
    "Students are calling on the Green Party to support CASA's Access Agenda,
and commit to targeted grants for these underrepresented groups," concluded
Churchill.

    The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) is a non-partisan,
not-for-profit national student organization composed of 23 student
associations, representing 300,000 students from coast to coast.




For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Jillian Flake, Public Relations and Communications Officer, CASA, (613)
236-3457 ext. 224, (c) (613) 868-6605, casacomm@casa.ca

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