Students Grade Party Platforms



    OTTAWA, Sept. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - Only one party received an "A" grade,
while eight "F"s were handed out in the Canadian Federation of Students' 2008
Political Party Report Card.
    Released today, the Political Party Report Card provides an overview and
analysis of the post-secondary education platforms of the mainstream
pan-Canadian political parties. Each party was graded across six categories:

    
    - Tuition Fees
    - Student Financial Aid
    - Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education
    - Graduate Students and University Research
    - Copyright Reform
    - Federal funding for post-secondary education
    

    "Most of the parties have strengths and weaknesses. Parties that took a
balanced approach to core funding and student aid did the best in our report
card," said Katherine Giroux-Bougard, National Chairperson of the Canadian
Federation of Students.
    The Liberal Party got the top mark for its student aid proposals, while
the Green Party's highest grade was a "C". The Greens also failed three out of
six categories for failing to provide any details whatsoever on important
student issues.
    "Only the New Democratic Party pledged to engage the provinces with
long-term funding to protect families from tuition fee increases," noted
Giroux-Bougard.
    The 2008 Political Party Report Card can be found at
www.VoteEducation.ca.

    The Canadian Federation of Students is Canada's largest students'
organisation. It is composed of more than 80 university and college students'
associations with a combined membership of over one-half million students.




For further information:

For further information: Katherine Giroux-Bougard, National Chairperson,
(613) 232-7394; Ian Boyko, Government Relations Coordinator, (613) 232-7394
ext. 22


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