CSA and OUSA Not Representative of Francophone Students, Northern University Students



    SUDBURY, ON, Dec. 5 /CNW/ - Yesterday the College Student Alliance (CSA)
and the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) issued a misleading
media advisory, claiming to unite college and university students with a
document they intend to submit to the McGuinty government.
    "It's odd that these two Alliances of student council presidents that
peddle marginalized opinions suddenly appear to be interested in uniting
students," said Sébastien Perth, President of the Laurentian University
Students' General Association. "For years their raison d'être has been to
divide students, giving decision-makers an excuse to support the status quo
under the guise of being practical."
    The Laurentian University Students' General Association and the
Association des étudiantes et étudiants francophones de l'Université
Laurentienne are familiar with the Alliances' history of promoting policies
about tuition fees and debt-based financial aid that students and Ontarians in
general do not support. Laurentian University students want it on the record
that the CSA and OUSA's recommendations are unrepresentative because these
Alliances do not include Francophone students or university students who live
and study in northern Ontario.
    "The CSA and OUSA have no Francophone student members," said Daniel
Mayer, President of the Association des étudiantes et étudiants francophones
de l'Université Laurentienne. "Whatever documents they present to the
government can't possibly be representative of students in this province."
    Laurentian University students repeat their position that the Government
of Ontario must invest the surplus by reducing tuition fees, increasing
funding for colleges and universities, and replacing student loans with
up-front need-based grants.




For further information:

For further information: Sébastien Perth, President of the Laurentian
University Students' General Association, (705) 675-1151 ext. 1062; Daniel
Mayer, President of the Association des étudiantes et étudiants francophones
de l'Université Laurentienne, (705) 675-1151 ext. 2410

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