OTTAWA, April 27 /CNW/ - Students have graded the post-secondary
education priorities of each of the parties in advance of the May 2
federal election. The New Democrats and Liberals scored above average,
and "A" and "B" respectively. Unfortunately, the Conservatives need to
study harder, as they received an "F" in the Canadian Federation of
Students' 2011 Political Party Report Card. Luckily they have a week to
improve their grade by improving their platform.
"The parties that received the highest grades were the ones whose
priorities reflect students' call for a national vision for
post-secondary education and have a strategy to address student debt,"
said Dave Molenhuis, National Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of
Students. "The NDP and Liberals have proposals to make education more
affordable, while the Conservatives fall far behind."
The Political Party Report Card provides an overview and analysis of the
post-secondary education platforms of the five top Canadian political
parties. Each party was graded in six categories:
National vision and funding of post-secondary education
Aboriginal Post-Secondary Education
Research and Innovation
"The Conservative Party, despite having made substantial investments
while in government, has not made post-secondary education a priority
in this election," added Molenhuis. "This report card provides students
and their families with detailed information on where the parties stand
on post-secondary education."
The 2011 Political Party Report Card can be downloaded from www.VoteEducation.ca. Grades can be reassessed based on any announced platform changes. This
will be reflected in a statement by the Federation and website update.
The Canadian Federation of Students is Canada's largest student
organisation, uniting more than one-half million students in all ten
provinces. The Canadian Federation of Students and its predecessor
organisations have represented students in Canada since 1927.
SOURCE Canadian Federation of Students
For further information:
David Molenhuis, National Chairperson: (613) 232-7394