OTTAWA, Nov. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - Students are shocked that Bill C-284, a
bill that would have meant a vast improvement of the Canada Student Financial
Assistance Act and would have generated great benefits for students from
working families, was defeated in the House of Commons yesterday.
For years, students have been calling for the expansion of the Canada
Access Grant program, which would have been made possible by Liberal MP Geoff
Regan's Private Member's Bill (C-284).
"We are greatly disappointed that this bill was defeated," said Zach
Churchill, National Director of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations
(CASA). "The expansion of the Canada Access Grant program is something that
would have had significant impact on current and prospective post-secondary
This is especially a surprise considering the governing party's recent
commitment to support working families in Canada, and the recognition by all
parties that more support is needed for students.
"With costs to post-secondary education continuously increasing, federal
support for students is more important than ever," continued Churchill. "By
voting the bill down, Canada's decision-makers have taken a step in the wrong
Students demand that the Government of Canada take a leadership role and
work to recover from this incredible mis-step. It is time to move forward
toward the improvement of the post-secondary education system in Canada.
CASA is a not-for-profit national student organization, offering
progressive, common sense education reform solutions.
For further information:
For further information: or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Jillian Flake, Public Relations and Communications Officer, Canadian Alliance
of Student Associations, (613) 236-3457 ext. 224, (c) (613) 868-6605,