OTTAWA, Dec. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Representatives of the Carleton University
Students' Association (CUSA) were surprised to learn that the Ontario
Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) and the College Student Alliance (CSA)
believe that students are united in their media relations exercise that will
distract from bad government policy on tuition fees.
"Neither of those Alliances represent a single one of the more than
60,000 university and college students in the Ottawa area," said Shelley
Melanson, president of the Carleton University Students' Association. "We are
very concerned about the positions they bring forward while claiming to speak
on behalf of Ontario students".
The OUSA and the CSA released a media advisory yesterday stating that
college and undergraduate university students are united in their
recommendations to the McGuinty government. If their previous recommendations
are any indication of what's in store, any speculation of Ottawa students'
support for the Alliances' recommendations is completely false. During the
2005 Government of Ontario consultation meetings that resulted in
Premier McGuinty's 4 to 8 % per year tuition fee increases, the CSA lobbied
for higher tuition fees:
The CSA recommends that after tuition fees for all other programs are re-
regulated, these fees should remain frozen at current levels, with annual
increases limited to the Consumer Price Index (CPI).
(Strong Students, Strong Colleges for a Stronger Ontario: A Proposed
Framework for Tuition Fee Reform, July 2005)
"The last time these groups claimed to speak on behalf of students, they
helped the government cancel the tuition fee freeze and usher in fee hikes
higher than those permitted by the Eves government," said Melanson.
The CSA's capTUITIONnow campaign, still highlighted on their website,
called for a 'workable solution that included ... tuition increases'.
"When Ottawa students call for a tuition fee freeze, we mean freeze-as in
no increases at all," said Melanson. "Their double-speak and eagerness to say
whatever the government wants to hear only undermines a united student
For further information:
For further information: Shelley Melanson, President, Carleton
University Students' Association, Cell: (613) 552-8213