Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Student Federation Opposes Glen Murray’s Liberal Candidacy

Glen Murray, Ontario’s former Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities has thrown his name in the ring for the Liberal party’s leadership in Ontario. The Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) has already voiced their concerns about what this could mean for Ontario’s college and university students.

“There is nothing new about Murray’s plans to saddle youth with a lifetime of student debt,” said Sarah Jayne King, Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario.

“Murray’s proposals will exacerbate the detrimental impacts of policies under the current Liberal government that have allowed tuition fees to increase by as much as 71 per cent and student debt to balloon.”

Earlier this week Murray announced his resignation of his previous position as Minister, and his candidacy for the position vacated by Dalton McGuinty.

The CFS claims that, under Murray’s watch, Ontario’s students would need as much as 25 years to pay back their student loans. The CFS also claims that similar plans have been attempted in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia with disastrous results.

“Instead of reviving failed and destructive policy experiments that would exacerbate inequality in Ontario, the Liberals must focus on ensuring all Ontarians can attend college or university by reducing tuition fees immediately,” said King.

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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