September 26, 2011OPEN LETTERMs. Sandy HudsonChairperson, Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario180 Bloor Street West, Suite 900Toronto, Ontario M5S 2V6Dear Ms Hudson,I am writing to you on behalf of the Ontario Liberal Party with respect to the report card
prepared by the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) on each party’s Post
-SecondaryEducation platform.You have included in your report card the following notice:
“Each of the report cards have been created with the most up
-to-date content at the time of printing. If there are additional announcements that affect studentsthroughout the campaign period, the report card may change accordingly
Accordingly, I wish to bring new information to your attention. We believe this newinformation demonstrates conclusively that the NDP have misled the CFS on its electionplatform and we are asking you to downgrade your score for the NDP accordingly.
As you are aware, the CFS provided the NDP with an “
for the commitments it made for
“funding”. Your report card explains that this grade was earned on the following basis:
“The NDP has promised to invest
in the post-secondary education sector, if elected,
and raise Ontario’s per
-student funding to above the national average. They alsocommit to creating a multi-year framework that ensures that money is available tohire more tenure-track faculty members t
o improve quality.”
You will know that this promise would cost upwards of $1 billion annually.On September 25, 2011, the NDP released its platform costing. After careful review of the information provided by the NDP it is clear for all to see that they have failed toinclude even a penny of new funding to pay for their commitments to you.
In fact, the only two references in the NDP costing document to post-secondaryeducation prove the Ontario Liberal Platform allocates $121 million more to post-secondary education than the NDP does ($486 million versus just $365 million).