Liberal Party Post-Secondary Platform Ranks as the Strongest With Students



    OTTAWA, Oct. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - The Liberal Party's post-secondary platform
was ranked as the strongest among all the parties, according to the Canadian
Alliance of Student Associations' "Party Education Platform Report Card."
    The Liberal platform received the highest mark amongst the major
political parties as a result of their promise to dramatically increase the
available amount of non-repayable student aid, cut student loan interest rates
and enlarge research funding budgets.
    "Our purpose in issuing this report is not to provide partisan approval
to any party running for election," said Zach Churchill, National Director of
the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations. "But rather, to objectively
grade the pledges made by each of the main federal parties against the
Canadian Alliance of Student Associations' key member-driven advocacy
priorities: accessibility, affordability, innovation and quality.

    The complete rankings were as follows:

    Liberal Party: A-
    NDP: B+
    Green Party: B
    Conservative Party: B-
    Bloc: The Bloc did not release a post-secondary education platform.

    "The current trajectory for our post-secondary system is unacceptable and
it will cost individuals, families, and the entire country if it is not
remedied," continued Churchill. "The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations
encourages voters to read the following reviews, and use its contents to help
them make an informed choice on voting day."

    The full Report Card can be found here:
http://www.casa.ca/images/stories/elections/platform_report_cards_2008.pdf

    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: Jillian Flake, Public Relations and
Communications Officer, CASA, (613) 236-3457 ext. 224, (c) (613) 868-6605,
casacomm@casa.ca

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