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SOURCE Canadian Federation of Students
OTTAWA, March 12, 2013 /CNW/ - The Alternative Federal Budget, released earlier today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, puts forward concrete measures for addressing Canada's student debt crisis.
"Record-high levels of student debt and high youth unemployment threaten Canada's long-term prosperity," said Jessica McCormick, National Deputy Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students. "Investing in post-secondary education ensures a more equitable society for future generations."
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and its member organizations, including the Canadian Federation of Students, use the federal government's current fiscal framework to create a budget that reflects the priorities of Canadians. Students propose four specific budget steps to make post-secondary education more affordable:
"Funding public post-secondary education is critical to reducing socioeconomic inequalities and meeting the demands of an evolving labour market," added McCormick. "We urge the federal government to take immediate action to reduce the up-front barriers to post-secondary education."
The Canadian Federation of Students is Canada's largest student organisation, uniting more that one-half million students in all ten provinces. The Federation and its predecessor organisations have represented students in Canada since 1927.
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