OTTAWA, Sept. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Students from Carleton University and the
University of Ottawa will converge on the Premier Dalton McGuinty's campaign
office today to protest the skyrocketing cost of a post-secondary education in
Ontario. Premier McGuinty, who promised to freeze tuition fees in his last
election campaign, has allowed Ontario to become one of the most expensive
provinces to pursue a college or university education.
"We are tired of politicians downloading the costs of education on to the
backs of students and their families while accumulating a massive provincial
surplus and hiking their own pay cheques," says Isaac Cockburn, Vice President
for Student Issues with the Carleton University Students' Association.
Recent polling conducted by the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario
show that post-secondary education will be a major issue in next month's
provincial election. The majority of Ontarians support reducing tuition fees,
and 68% of Ontarians believe that the Premier broke a campaign promise when he
increased tuition fees this September.
"This rally will send Premier McGuinty a message about breaking a key
promise to students and their families," said Seamus Wolfe, Vice President for
University Affairs with the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa,
"Voters understand the importance of making sure that college and university
are affordable. It is time for the politicians to come around."
For further information:
For further information: Isaac Cockburn, Vice President Student Issues,
Carleton University Students' Association, (613) 520-2600 Ext. 1607, Cellular
(613) 796-3329; Seamus Wolfe, Vice President University Affairs, Student
Federation of the University of Ottawa, (613) 562-5800 Ext. 4139, Cellular