Friday, September 9th, 2011

Ontario’s Students “Take over” Queen’s Park

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The protest also comes the day after the Liberal Party announced their education platform.

Ontario’s students have had enough high tuition prices and are taking over. The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario’s “Take It over” campaign took a very public stand earlier this week, as students encircled Queen’s Park with caution tape to herald the beginning of the Ontario election campaign.

The protest also comes the day after the Liberal Party announced their education platform for the upcoming election. The Canadian Federation of Students expressed deep concerns that the proposed cost of bureaucracy is better spent addressing tuition fees and student debt directly.

“The pressure is on the Liberal party to improve today’s announcement by stopping their policies of tuition fee hikes rather than offering a new grant scheme to justify their own bad policy,” said Sandy Hudson chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario.

“Students and Ontarios in general are clear in their support for lower fees and we hope that the party will change their course of action and start freezing or reducing our costs.”

Students at the Queen’s Park protest also presented their own ballots and called on all political parties to make college and university affordable by committing to reduce tuition fees in the upcoming election.

Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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