TORONTO, April 15, 2013 /CNW/ - According to a recent poll commissioned
by the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario and conducted by
Harris-Decima, 69 per cent of Ontarians believe the Liberal government
broke the spirit of their election promise to give students and their
families 30 per cent off the cost of tuition fees.
"After saying they would provide relief from Ontario's high tuition
fees, the Liberals are allowing fees to increase even more," said Sarah
Jayne King, Chairperson for the Canadian Federation of
Students-Ontario. "It's no surprise that Ontario families feel cheated
by the Liberals' rhetoric on tuition fees."
The poll also found that 77 per cent of Ontarians support reducing
tuition fees and 76 per cent would support implementing a 2 per cent
surtax on incomes over $250,000 if it meant making education more
affordable. The poll was commissioned by the Canadian Federation of
Students-Ontario and surveyed 650 Ontarians over a two week period.
In the last election, the Ontario Liberal Party committed to giving
students and their families 30 per cent off tuition fees. Instead, they
implemented the Ontario Tuition Grant, which only one in three students
qualify for. This spring, the government spent more than $5 million
advertising the grant.
The Liberal government recently announced a new tuition fee framework
that allows tuition fees to increase between three and five per cent
annually for the next four years. In response, students have launched The Hikes Stop Here, a campaign encouraging students and their families to tell Premier
Kathleen Wynne to take action on tuition fees.
"Students have had enough of tuition fee hikes," said King. "All across
Ontario, students will continue to keep the pressure on the Liberals to
keep their promise to students and their families."
The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario represents over 300,000
students in all regions of the province. The Canadian Federation of
Students is Canada's largest and oldest student organization.
SOURCE: Canadian Federation of Students - Ontario
For further information:
Kaley Kennedy, Communications and Government Relations Coordinator, 416-925-3825 (office) or 647-302-3891 (cell)