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Carleton Students Bring Message to Parliament

OTTAWA – Representatives from the Carleton University Graduate Students’ Association (GSA Carleton), Local 78 of the Canadian Federation of Students,  will be meeting with Members of Parliament and Senators this week to call for a high-quality and accessible system of public postsecondary in Ontario and across Canada. “Students from Ontario and across the country are sending a clear message to the federal government that we will not accept any more broken promises,” said GSA President Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah. “We have a plan to make education accessible to all, now we need our government to commit to take action.” Students are in Ottawa as part of the Canadian Federation of Students’ national lobby week. GSA Carleton will meet with MPs and Senators with three proposals to transform public post-secondary education in Canada:

  Eliminate tuition fees for all skilled trades and apprenticeship, college and university students, including international students, by restoring federal public transfers for post-secondary education;

  Fulfill Indigenous peoples’ right to education by funding all First Nations, Métis and Inuit learners through the Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP); and

  Strengthen Canada’s research capacity by increasing graduate student funding. “Carleton students are not alone in their struggles with high tuition fees and rising student debt,” said GSA VP-Operations Eric Hitsman. “We must move towards a system of universally accessible postsecondary education so that everyone in this country has an equal opportunity to succeed.”

Students’ lobby document, titled From Piecemeal Reform to Universal Access , can be downloaded at

“Local 78 is pleased to be working with members of the Federation across the country to advocate for universal education,” said GSA VP-Finance Taylor Howarth. “We support our national movement and believe we are stronger together.” GSA Carleton represents approximately 3,700 graduate students at Carleton University and is united with more than 650,000 students across Canada as a member of the Canadian Federation of Students.


For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah
GSA President ; ext. 8271

Eric Hitsman
GSA VP-Operations ; ext. 3879

Taylor Howarth
GSA VP-Finance ; ext. 8778