Speech from the Throne leaves students wanting more



    OTTAWA, Oct. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - Prime Minister Stephen Harper officially
opened the second session of Canada's thirty-ninth Parliament today in Ottawa,
as the Conservative government outlined its priorities for Canada with the
Speech from the Throne. Despite a brief mention of "rising costs of higher
education," the government's framework regrettably failed to address
post-secondary education or student issues.
    Students are disappointed with the lack of attention given to education
and the absence of initiative with regards to post-secondary accessibility and
affordability.
    "Post-secondary education should be treated as a national priority," said
Zach Churchill, National Director of the Canadian Alliance of Student
Associations. "The federal government will be hurting students and families
across Canada if the focus shifts away from this issue."
    As education continues to fall under the shared responsibility of federal
and provincial jurisdictions, students are calling on the federal government
to take a leadership role in the creation of a shared vision for
post-secondary education.
    The government's agenda does not satisfy the demands of current and
prospective post-secondary students in Canada. With no clear mention of
education, students are left wondering how this government intends to build a
stronger Canada.

    The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations is a not-for-profit
national student organization, offering progressive, common sense education
reform solutions.




For further information:

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

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