Will a Tory Government Immediately Stop Illegal Ancillary Fees?
TORONTO, Sept. 20 /CNW/ - During tonight's Ontario election leaders'
debate, Progressive Conservative Party leader John Tory criticised Premier
McGuinty for looking the other way while college and university ancillary fees
have been used as backdoor tuition fee increases.
In June, two former college students launched a $200 million class action
lawsuit against all 24 public colleges to stop the collection of illegal
ancillary fees. Internal government documents obtained by the Canadian
Federation of Students prove that the McGuinty government has known about the
illegal fees and done nothing to enforce its own policy which prohibits them.
"Students are pleased that Mr. Tory recognised the importance of this
issue by raising it in the leaders' debate," said Jen Hassum, Chairperson of
the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario. "Now students need to know
exactly where he stands."
"Will a John Tory government immediately end the collection of prohibited
ancillary fees and provide adequate government funding to the colleges to
replace revenue improperly obtained from students?"
Ontario New Democratic Party leader Howard Hampton has already made his
position clear. Responding to a Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario
election questionnaire, Mr. Hampton indicated that, as Premier, he would
ensure that the collection of prohibited ancillary fees is halted immediately.
Premier McGuinty has not responded to students about this matter and has
allowed the illegal fees to be collected again this September. The Ontario
Liberal Party is the only party that has not responded to students' election
The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario unites over 300,000 college
and university students from more than 35 students' unions throughout the
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For further information:
For further information: Jen Hassum, Chairperson, CFS-Ontario: (416)
925-3825 or (416) 832-9073 (cell); Ken Marciniec, Communications Coordinator,
CFS-Ontario: (416) 803-6066 (cell)