Students challenge Conservatives to defend their policies

    OTTAWA, Oct. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Federation of Students is
calling on the Conservative Party to defend its education policies in public
community forums. The challenge to Conservative candidates comes after an
internal memo was leaked that instructed a Conservative candidate in Manitoba
to boycott a campus debate, calling universities "no fly zones".
    "How can students and their families trust candidates that consciously
avoid public dialogue?" said Katherine Giroux-Bougard, National Chairperson of
the Canadian Federation of Students. "What are they trying to hide?"
    The leak comes the day after Conservative Party Headquarters informed the
Canadian Federation of Students that it was refusing to answer a questionnaire
about its post-secondary education policies. All other pan-Canadian parties
answered promptly and their responses can be viewed online at
    "Overcoming distrust of the political process is critical to improving
youth voter turn-out. This cynical move from the Conservative Party undermines
our efforts to build voter awareness," said Giroux-Bougard. "The fact that
they can't even be bothered to answer five questions about post-secondary
education says a lot to students about the party's priorities."

    The Canadian Federation of Students is Canada's largest students'
organisation. It is composed of more than 80 university and college students'
unions with a combined membership of over one-half million students.

For further information:

For further information: Katherine Giroux-Bougard, National Chairperson,
(613) 232-7394; Ian Boyko, Government Relations Coordinator, (613) 232-7394
ext. 22

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