Ontarians Encouraged to Vote for Affordable Post-Secondary Education
TORONTO, Oct. 3 /CNW/ - Today the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario
launched a mass leafleting campaign aimed at educating voters on
post-secondary education issues in preparation for the Ontario general
election and referendum on electoral reform.
College and university students delivered the Federation's report card on
the main political parties' platforms and information about the Students for
Electoral Reform campaign door-to-door in the Toronto Centre, Trinity-Spadina,
and York West ridings. The Ontario Election 2007 Political Party Report Card
gives each major party a letter grade on six different categories: tuition
fees, ancillary fees, student debt, post-secondary education funding, quality
of education, and system design.
"Post-secondary education is crucial for the success of our province's
economy and whether it's affordable has an immediate impact on the bottom line
for most families," said Jen Hassum, Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of
Students-Ontario. "Voters should know which parties' policies will make it
harder to send their children to college or university and drive students
deeper into debt."
Students in Mississauga, Ottawa and Sudbury also delivered the report
card and electoral reform leaflet door-to-door. Students' election materials
will be delivered with canvass blitzes in other ridings in the Toronto area
and various ridings across the province through the end of the week.
"Through public opinion polls, petitions and in the streets, voters
consistently express their desire for lower tuition fees and the elimination
of student debt. They even elected the current government on a promise to stop
fee hikes and do things differently," said Hassum. "This election is the best
opportunity for voters across the province to send the message that high
tuition fees and deeper debt are unacceptable."
Students are calling on the next government to stop tuition fee hikes,
reduce tuition fees and immediately end illegal ancillary fees.
The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario unites more than 300,000
college and university students and 35 students' unions across the province.
For further information:
For further information: Jen Hassum, Chairperson, (416) 925-3825 or
(416) 832-9073 (cell); Joel Duff, Ontario Organiser, (416) 925-3825 or (416)