Media Advisory - Ontario Students' Federation Chairperson to Comment on Federal Budget

    Students Looking for Debt Relief and Dedicated Transfer Payment

    TORONTO, Feb. 26 /CNW/ - The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario
Chairperson will be available throughout the day to discuss students'
expectations for the 2008 federal budget and immediately following the
presentation of the budget to provide comments.
    "The Conservative Party promised a dedicated transfer payment for
post-secondary education in its 2006 election platform," said Jen Hassum,
Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario. "A dedicated
transfer payment would significantly improve accountability and students
expect the Harper government to deliver on this commitment."

    The plan - A Conservative government will:

    In cooperation with the provinces, remove postsecondary education funding
    from the Canada Social Transfer and create an independent Canada
    Education and Training Transfer to ensure that there is dedicated funding
    for postsecondary education and training.
    (p. 32, Conservative Party of Canada Federal Election Platform 2006)

    Ontario students have also been lobbying for the Canada Millennium
Scholarship Foundation to be replaced with a national system of need-based
grants that should be administered through the Canadian Student Loans Program.
    "The federal government must reduce the burden of student debt," said
Hassum. "The Millennium Scholarship Foundation has failed and the end of its
mandate provides an excellent opportunity to establish a genuine national
grants programme," said Hassum.

    The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario unites over 300,000 college
and university students and more than 35 students' unions throughout the

For further information:

For further information: Jen Hassum, Chairperson, CFS-Ontario: (416)
925-3825 or (416) 832-9073 (cell); Joel Duff, Organiser, CFS-Ontario: (416)
925-3825 or (416) 707-0349 (cell); Ken Marciniec, Communications Coordinator,
CFS-Ontario: (416) 925-3825 or (416) 803-6066 (cell)

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