Students Grade Political Party Platforms on Post-Secondary Education

    Ontarians Encouraged to Vote for Lower Tuition Fees and Greater Funding

    TORONTO, Sept. 28 /CNW/ - Today the Canadian Federation of
Students-Ontario published its report card evaluating the main political
parties' commitments regarding post-secondary education.
    "We have considered the party platforms and the leaders' responses to an
election questionnaire on student concerns," said Jen Hassum, Chairperson of
the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario. "This non-partisan evaluation
grades each party's commitments to students, but the parties still have time
to improve their standing by strengthening their election promises."
    The Ontario Election 2007 Political Party Report Card gives each major
party a letter grade on six different categories: tuition fees, ancillary
fees, student debt, post-secondary education funding, quality of education,
and system design.

    -  The NDP platform scored highest overall, with an A grade for promising
       to reduce tuition fees and an A- for committing to increase funding
       beyond the national average.

    -  The highest grade the Liberal Party received was a B+ for its
       commitment to increased funding for higher education, but their
       unapologetic support for higher tuition fees and illegal ancillary
       fees earned them a D and F, respectively.

    -  The Progressive Conservatives scored the highest on System Design,
       with an A- for promising to improve college-university credit
       transfer, but received failing grades in the categories of tuition
       fees and student debt for making no promises of improvement.

    Copies of the report card will be distributed on college and university
campuses across the province. The report card can also be found on the
bilingual election website, which provides analysis of
current post-secondary education issues, up to the minute election campaign
news, and information about the voting process.
    "Students are encouraging all Ontarians to vote for candidates who are
committed to improving access to university and college education," said
Hassum. "This report card is the best tool for voters to distinguish between
the parties based on their commitment to higher education."

    The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario unites more than 300,000
college and university students from 35 students' unions across the province.

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For further information:

For further information: Jen Hassum, Chairperson, (416) 925-3825 or
(416) 832-9073 (cell); Joel Duff, Organiser, (416) 925-3825 or (416) 707-0349

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