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Thursday, February 2, 2012

NDP MPs join National Day of Student Action

NDP MPs join National Day of Student Action

Feb 1, 2012OTTAWA – Today, New Democrat Post-Secondary Education Critic, Rathika Sitsabaiesan (Scarborough-Rouge River) and Deputy Post-Secondary Education Critic, Matthew Dubé (Chambly-Borduas) joined the thousands of students gathered on Parliament Hill, and across the country, demanding immediate action on post-secondary education funding and student debt.

“The success of our country relies on an educated population,” said Sitsabaiesan. “We need to give our students real access to affordable, good quality post-secondary education, not simply access to more loans.”

Today’s national day of action is in support of the “Education is a Right” campaign, which calls upon the government to increase funding to education, reduce tuition fees, and address the record high student debt crisis.

“We need to help the provinces, territories and post-secondary education partners plan by creating targeted funding separate from the federal social transfer,” said Sitsabaiesan.

“Enough is enough,” added Dubé. “Professors, administrators, students, and their families are demanding action on rising tuition fees and the increasing cost of post-secondary education, and this government needs to listen.”

In Question Period today, both MPs will demand the Conservatives start giving students the support they require to access education.

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