MONTREAL, Sept. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - Quebec students echo calls made
yesterday by the Conference of Rectors and Principals of Quebec Universities
(CREPUQ) for the leaders of the federal political parties to publicly commit
to taking on a greater role in post-secondary education.
"Quebec students are joining university administrators in calling on the
federal government to reinvest heavily in higher education," said Noah
Stewart, spokesperson for the Canadian Federation of Students-Quebec. "Federal
funding for post-secondary education is at an unacceptable level. Reckless tax
cuts have left our universities in a precarious financial situation leading to
increases in tuition fees and cuts to academic programs."
According to the Canadian Association of University Teachers, per capita
federal funding for post-secondary education is $1.5 billion less annually
than it was in 1993-1994 and approximately $2.4 billion less when compared to
historic funding levels of 0.5% of GDP.
"To succeed our universities and colleges need real leadership from the
federal government," concludes Stewart. "Across Quebec, our political, social,
and labour leaders have called for the federal government to live up to it's
responsibility and restore funding for social programs."
The Canadian Federation of Students is an alliance of more than
80 university and college students' unions with a combined membership of over
one-half million students across the country including over 55,000 in Quebec.
For further information:
For further information: Noah Stewart, (514) 799-7656