Student budget watch - Student representatives available for comment on 2007 Ontario Budget

    TORONTO, March 21 /CNW/ - Representatives of the Canadian Federation of
Students will be participating in the Budget lock-up from noon to 4:00 pm and
will be available at Queen's Park for comment immediately after it is
presented on Thursday, March 22.
    A Feedback Research public opinion poll, released this week by the
Canadian Federation of Students, revealed that 82% of voters are concerned
about the affordability of college and university education. Of those who
expressed concern, 82% attributed that concern to the financial barriers of
high tuition fees and inadequate student financial assistance.
    The poll found that 68% of Ontarians believe that McGuinty's decision to
cancel the tuition fee freeze and replace it with increases of up to 36% over
four years amounts to a broken promise. A full 75% of respondents said that
they wanted the government to reduce of tuition fees.
    "Voters are clearly dismayed by the McGuinty government's conservative
policy of dramatic tuition fee increases financed by students through even
larger debt loads," said Greener. "In light of the looming election this
budget is an important opportunity for the McGuinty government to redeem
itself the eyes of Ontarians by funding an immediate reduction of tuition fees
back to 2005 levels."
    "In the presentation of the federal budget on Monday, the Government of
Canada indicated that it is looking for a commitment from the provinces to
develop dedicated transfer payments for priority areas," said Greener.
"Students are calling on the McGuinty government to show national leadership
and declare its support for targeted funding to reduce tuition fees."

    The Canadian Federation of Students, represents more than 500,000 college
and university students from coast to coast, and over 300,000 students in

For further information:

For further information: Jesse Greener, Ontario Chairperson, (416)
925-3825 or (416) 301-5747 (cell); Joel Duff, Ontario Organiser, (416)
925-3825 or (416) 707-0349 (cell)

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