CSA and OUSA plagiarize Liberal Party Platform and sell out students' interests

    TORONTO, Dec. 5 /CNW/ - Representatives of the 45,000 full and part-time
undergraduate students who are members of the York Federation of Students
(YFS), were disappointed to learn that the Ontario Undergraduate Student
Alliance (OUSA) and the College Student Alliance (CSA) released a document
today, on behalf of students, calling on the McGuinty government to increase
tuition fees.
    "I am shocked that the OUSA and the CSA are claiming that tuition fee
increases are supported by students", said Hamid Osman, President of the York
Federation of Students, "The OUSA-CSA recommendations are a recipe for higher
student debt and are out of step with students and the voting public."
    "I find it surprising that some of the recommendations in this OUSA-CSA
document appear to have been plagiarized directly from the latest Liberal
election platform," said Osman. "It makes me question whether this policy
paper was written by students or drafted in the McGuinty campaign office."
    The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance was founded on a platform
calling for 30% tuition fee increases and both organisations recently
supported the McGuinty government's decision to cancel the tuition fee freeze.
In addition to maintaining their call for higher fees, in today's report, the
OUSA and the CSA also support the continuation of the Canadian Millennium
Scholarship Foundation (CMSF); a foundation criticized by the federal Auditor
General as being unaccountable and by students for failing to provide the
grants it promised.
    "There's a word for selling out the interests of your peers - it's called
scabbing - and students can see right through it," said Osman. "With another
$300 million projected provincial surplus, responsible student leaders are
calling for meaningful investments in affordable education, not higher
financial barriers."

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For further information: or to arrange an interview please contact:
Hamid Osman, President: (416) 736-2100 x.33627 (office), (647) 448-2823

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