Canadian Federation of Students

Canadian Federation of Students

February 22, 2005 11:00 ET

Media Advisory—Student Reaction to the 2005 Federal Budget

Attention: Government/Political Affairs Editor OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 22, 2005) - Wednesday's federal budget is Prime Minister Paul Martin's opportunity to follow through on one of his most ambitious election promises: the creation of a dedicated transfer to the provinces for post-secondary education. On June 4, 2004, during a nationally-televised federal election forum, Martin said that he wanted to allocate $8 billion to post-secondary education.

Students are not alone in calling for Martin to keep his promise. An Ipsos-Reid poll released Monday asked Canadians how they would like to see the $11 billion federal surplus spent. Post-secondary education was the most popular choice after health care.

The Canadian Federation of Students, with a membership of more than one half million university and college students, will be attending the secured reading of the federal budget and will be available for comment immediately following the lockup.

Who: George Soule, National Chairperson, 613-282-5307
Where: 253-D (Railroad Room), Centre Block
When: 3:30pm-5:00pm, Wednesday February 23
IN: EDUCATION

Contact Information

  • Ian Boyko, Government Relations Coordinator, Canadian Federation of Students
    Primary Phone: 613-232-7394 ext. 22
    Secondary Phone: 613-863-6162
    E-mail: campaigns@cfs-fcee.ca