Federal budget : McGill students disappointed

    MONTREAL, March 19 /CNW Telbec/ - The Students' Society of McGill
University (SSMU) condemns the irresponsibility of the Minister of Finance,
Jim Flaherty, who almost completely ignored postsecondary education in his
latest budget. Out of the $10 billion in budgetary surpluses, Flaherty's
budget offers less than $200 million for post-secondary education in Québec.
In comparison, the new tuition fees demanded of students by the Charest
government in the event of re-election would amount to an increased investment
of $280 million per year. "It is unacceptable that the federal government,
with its massive surpluses, is investing less in education than is being asked
of students, for whom 'deficit' is a far more common word than 'surplus'",
denounced Aaron Donny-Clark, President of the SSMU. "It is completely
irresponsible for the federal government to continue to starve our
universities in one of the worst underfunding crises in Canadian history,
while continuing to sit on budgetary surpluses in excess of $10 billion," he
    According to SSMU, Mr. Charest and Mr. Harper claim to recognize the
importance of a reinvestment in postsecondary education, but fail to deliver
any real reinvestment. "If we calculate the proposed reinvestments of Charest
and Harper, we still don't reach the same amount the Charest Liberals are
demanding of students in their proposed second mandate", concluded
Mr. Donny-Clark.

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