Campaign 2011

September 26, 2011 OPEN LETTER Ms. Sandy Hudson Chairperson, Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario 180 Bloor Street West, Suite 900 Toronto, Ontario M5S 2V6 Dear 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-Secondary Education 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 students throughout the campaign period, the report card may change accordingly.” Accordingly, I wish to bring new information to your attention. We believe this new information demonstrates conclusively that the NDP have misled the CFS on its election platform and we are asking you to downgrade your score for the NDP accordingly. As you are aware, the CFS provided the NDP with an “A” 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 also commit to creating a multi-year framework that ensures that money is available to hire more tenure-track faculty members to 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 to include 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-secondary education prove the Ontario Liberal Platform allocates $121 million more to postsecondary education than the NDP does ($486 million versus just $365 million).

Campaign 2011

Our commitment to students is significant. It’s progressive. And unlike the promises the NDP made to you, it is fully costed in our platform. We are confident that an independent and non-partisan review of the NDP costing document can only lead you to conclude that the NDP has no intention of fulfilling its promise to you. We therefore request the CFS to reconsider the grade it has provided the NDP and to take whatever steps are necessary to inform Ontario students of their failure to put money where their mouth is. Sincerely,

Greg Sorbara Campaign Chair Enclosure: NDP Fiscal Framework Document 2011

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