RELEASE: Students publish Post-Secondary Education Questionnaire

For Immediate Release

May 17, 2017 

Students publish Post-Secondary Education Questionnaire Responses

HALIFAX—This morning, students released all major parties’ responses to a questionnaire sent as a part of the Vote Education campaign. This campaign aims to encourage students and youth to participate in the provincial election, and calls on all parties to center post-secondary student issues in their platforms.  

“This questionnaire was an opportunity establish party stances on specific policy issues important to students, ones that don’t necessarily get addressed in debates or platform announcements,” said Charlotte Kiddell, Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students-Nova Scotia. “Students deserve to understand exactly who they are voting for. 

Students received responses from the Nova Scotia Liberal Party, the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party and the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia. Questions were based around the five central issues of the Vote Education campaign: financial barriers to post-secondary education, combatting sexualized violence on campus, access to public healthcare for international students, challenges facing young workers, and fixed election dates.

“We encourage all voters to critically consider these responses before going to the polls,” said Kiddell. “Responses to student issues ranged from clear commitments, to vague platitudes, to outright refusal to take certain steps to promote more accessible education.”

Read the full summary of party responses here

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May 13, CBC: Nova Scotia students ask voters to support education-focused candidates

May 13, 2017

"All parties, if they want to stay relevant, must be prioritizing post-secondary education in their platforms," said Charlotte Kiddell, chair of the Canadian Federation of Students Nova Scotia. 

charlotte-kiddell.jpgThe group, who held a rally outside the Halifax Central Library, collected pledges from the public to vote for candidates who support student-made recommendations on election issues. 

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RELEASE: Students Welcome Election Commitments to Reduce Tuition Fees

Students Welcome Election Commitments to Reduce Tuition Fees

HALIFAX – The Nova Scotia New Democratic Party and the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia have both announced their post-secondary education platforms. The PC party have pledged to bring university tuition fees down to the national average, while the NSNDP have committed to eliminating tuition fees at the Nova Scotia Community College and reducing tuition fees for university students by 10% over 4 years.

“Students are pleased to see at least two parties acknowledge the pressures of rising tuition fees and mounting student debt that are prohibiting the life choices of new graduates and even driving some students out of Nova Scotia,” said Charlotte Kiddell, Chairperson of Canadian Federation of Students-Nova Scotia.

THE FACTS 

  • Tuition fees in Nova Scotia are the second highest in Canada, at an average of $7,218 per year.
  • Tuition fees in Nova Scotia are the fastest rising in Canada, increasing at an average rate of 5.6% last year.
  • Students in Nova Scotia graduate with an average of $39,600 in student debt.

For years, students in Nova Scotia have been sounding the alarm on the growing inaccessibility of college and university education in the province.

“We will continue to call for the elimination of tuition fees for all students, at all levels of study,” said Kiddell, “Students will not accept any government cuts to our post-secondary institutions; our education system must be universal and fully funded.”

Students have launched a Vote Education campaign to encourage students and youth to vote and to push all political parties to include commitments to improve post-secondary education in their platforms. The Nova Scotia Liberals have yet to release their plans for post-secondary education. 

“As we saw in the last federal election, students and youth vote in numbers when political parties prioritizes our issues, like tuition fees and student debt,” said Kiddell, “This can have a significant impact on who gets elected.”

 

 

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May 5th: Sheldon MacLeod Show

On Friday, May 5th, Chairperson Charlotte Kiddell joined Sheldon MacLeod in studio for a panel on participation of youth and seniors in the 2017 provincial election. Tune in, by clicking here and selecting May 5, 2pm. 

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RELEASE - Launch of Vote Education Campaign

MEDIA RELEASE 

For Immediate Release

May 2, 2017

Students launch Vote Education campaign to centre students’ issues as election issues. 

HALIFAX—As Nova Scotia enters a provincial election, the Canadian Federation of Students-Nova Scotia has launched the Vote Education campaign. This campaign will encourage high participation from students and youth, and will encourage all parties to include commitments to improve post-secondary education in their platforms.

“This election is an opportunity for all parties to demonstrate their vision of post-secondary education as a crucial investment in the future of our province,” said Charlotte Kiddell, Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students-Nova Scotia. “Through the Vote Education campaign, students will call on all candidates to prioritize post-secondary education.”

The Vote Education campaign is centered on five main issues affecting students. Throughout the campaign period, students will call on Nova Scotians to vote for candidates who support:

  • Removing financial barriers to post-secondary education;
  • Provincial legislation to prevent sexualized violence on-campus;
  • International students’ access to health care;
  • Protecting young workers; and
  • Fixed election dates.

 

“Students are highly active in the political landscape of our province through lobbying, campaigning and direct action,” said Kiddell. “Our engagement is unwavering as we enter the election period. We are steadfast in our goal to achieve an accessible system of post-secondary education.”

For more information about the campaign, visit voteeducation.ca.

The Canadian Federation of Students is the oldest and largest national student organization in Canada, representing over 650,000 college, undergraduate and graduate students across the country.

 

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