HALIFAX— Students in Nova Scotia are taking to the streets to call on the McNeil government to restore funding to post-secondary education, reduce tuition fees, and increase needs-based, up-front grants for students.
The Halifax march will start at Victoria Park at 12:30pm, and culminate outside Province House at 2:00pm. Students in Church Point will be rallying outside the Édifice Gustave Blanche at the Université Sainte-Anne at 1:00pm.
“The Nova Scotia status quo of skyrocketing tuition fees, continuing underfunding of universities, and record-levels of students debt has got to end,” said Michaela Sam, Chairperson for the Canadian Federation of Students – Nova Scotia. “Young people in our province need to be viewed as a priority by our government, not treated as a burden.”
While in opposition, the Nova Scotia Liberal Party condemned the previous government’s decision to cut university funding and increase tuition fees. At the time, Finance Minister Diana Whalen called for a tuition fee reduction. Since being elected in October 2013, the Liberals have increased tuition fees by 3 per cent, slashed funding to student assistance, and failed to restore any of the $92.8 million cut from provincial university funding since 2011.
“Students can’t wait until the next provincial election for government to care about the plight of youth in our province,” said Sam. “We need this government to take action to save our post-secondary education system now, before more of our young people are forced to leave and make their lives elsewhere.”
More information about the Provincial Student Day of Action can be found at feb4.ca.
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Michaela Sam, Chairperson, Canadian Federation of Students – Nova Scotia, Phone: (902) 999-4318 (cellular)
Karolyn Aucoin, Vice President Interregionale, l’Association générale des étudiants de l’Université Sainte-Anne, (902) 224-5066 (French media contact)
David Etherington, Maritimes Organiser, Canadian Federation of Students, Phone: (902) 292-7991 (cellular)
The Canadian Federation of Students is Canada’s largest students’ organization, uniting more than 500,000 university and college students from all ten provinces.