NDP tuition record: promise lower fees, deliver higher fees

    TORONTO, Sept. 4 /CNW/ - The NDP is promising a tuition roll back and
freeze, but their record shows they did the opposite when they were in office.

    Here are the facts:

    -   1987: the NDP said they would eliminate tuition fees.
    -   1990: the NDP said they would only freeze tuition.
    -   1990-1995: the NDP government increased tuition fees by 42 per cent.

    Source: "Tuition has risen 42 percent since the NDP took office in
    September, 1990, and eliminated grants, despite their election promise to
    freeze tuition, student leaders were quick to note." Toronto Star,
    March 24, 1994.

    Howard Hampton, out of office, is at it again:

    -   February 14, 2001: Hampton promises to "phase out tuition over the
        next decade." (Speech to the Canadian Federation of Students.)
    -   January 30, 2003: "free college and university within 10 years."
        (NDP press release)
    -   September 4, 2007: Roll back tuition to 2003 levels and freeze it.

    Like the old song, Howard Hampton is hoping students "don't know much
about history." But students know that when Howard Hampton says he would roll
back tuition and freeze it, his record in government is to deliver the
    It's bad enough that Hampton is misleading Ontarians on his own record,
but he's also not telling the truth about the McGuinty government's record. In
the press release that accompanied today's announcement, Hampton said, "He
promised to freeze tuition for two years, but then, as soon as he was elected,
he announced massive tuition hikes…"
    The truth is that Ontario Liberals ran on a two-year tuition freeze and
we kept that promise. Hampton is not telling the truth because he's desperate
to make Ontarians forget his record - and with the record he has, no one can
blame him.

For further information:

For further information: Ben Chin, (416) 961-3800 Ext 412,

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