Hampton visits Western
during campaign sweep
NDP leader promises tuition
reduction, big tax increases
By Marshall Bellamy
|PUBLIC POWER HAS SPOKEN AND HOWIE
AND HIS GANG ARE BRINGING UP THE REAR. NDP leader Howard
Hampton appeared at Middlesex College on Tuesday afternoon.
Along with London-area New Democratic Party
candidates, Ontario NDP leader Howard Hampton made a campus
stop at Western's Middlesex College to comment on the finer
points of provincial post-secondary policy.
"Ontario students need more affordable
tuition fees," Hampton said, adding if the NDP is elected
there will be a 10 per cent decrease in tuition, saving the
average undergraduate student at Western $414 in annual tuition
The cuts made by the Conservative government
have brought the quality of education in Ontario 21 per cent
below the national average and have made Ontario's universities
second last in North American rankings, Hampton stated.
Hampton said Premier Ernie Eves' solutions
to problems with Ontario's universities have been to privatize
and turn them into profit institutions.
The NDP's solution to Ontario's university
problem includes an annual influx of $500 million, $200 million
to cover the 10 per cent tuition cut and $300 million to invest
in schools to restore the quality of education to the national
The money for these reforms is going to come
from an increase in corporate taxes to 1993 levels, Hampton
noted, adding taxes will also be increased in higher personal
tax brackets which have also been cut since the Tories took
"Southwestern Ontario was won in big
sweeps at one time or another," said Rebecca Coulter, NDP
candidate for London North Centre.
The NDP stands a good chance at winning ridings
in London, Coulter added, noting the last two elections were
held in June when there were no students living in London. This
fall's election will see more students in London than ever before
because of the double cohort, she said.
"I think people are just fed up,"
Coulter stated, pointing out most new students are now also
experiencing the results of the Tory cuts to post-secondary
education, such as line-ups everywhere and larger classes.
"Students are traditionally more apathetic
- [turn out among] individuals between 18 and 24 is significantly
lower than the average citizen," said University Students'
Council VP-education Dave Ford. Students usually have over 15
hours of class and part-time jobs that limit them to educate
themselves on the issues, he added.