HALIFAX – Students are calling on the government to reallocate the $290,000 appropriated from Economic and Rural Development Tourism, which will now be used to fund student summer jobs in MLA offices, into the Student Career Skills Development Program or other non-partisan job development programs for students.

“Students in Nova Scotia deserve equal access to publicly-funded summer jobs regardless of their political affiliation,” said Michaela Sam, Chairperson for the Canadian Federation of Students – Nova Scotia. “This money needs to be directed into creating much needed student jobs in the public and non-for-profit sectors, where partisan politics will not play a role in the hiring process.”

On February 4, hundreds of students rallied in Halifax and Church Point calling on the provincial government to take action on skyrocketing student debt. In a meeting with Minister of Finance Diana Whalen on February 17, students were told there would be no new funding for any of their proposals.

“Students put concrete proposals on the table to reduce student debt levels and improve youth retention in Nova Scotia,” said Sam. “The government needs to prioritize working with students to deal with these issues, not pocketing public money for their own offices.”

The Canadian Federation of Students, Canada’s national student movement, is comprised of nearly one-half million students from over 80 college and university students’ unions. Students in Canada have been represented by the Canadian Federation of Students and its predecessor organisations since 1927.

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For more information:

Michaela Sam, Chairperson – Canadian Federation of Students-Nova Scotia: (902) 999-4318

David Etherington, Maritimes Organiser – Canadian Federation of Students: (902) 292-7991

Students disappointed with partisan student summer job fund