Campaign and Clubs
Week collide as Cunningham visits
By Laura Katsirdakis
The provincial election campaign is on your
TV and in your newspaper, but now it is on campus as well. Among
the crowd perusing the Clubs Week booths yesterday, one of the
Dianne Cunningham, the Progressive Conservative
candidate and current member of provincial Parliament for London
North Centre, visited the University Community Centre yesterday
afternoon to support the Ontario PC Youth Association.
Cunningham, who also serves as Minister of
Training, Colleges and Universities, noted her involvement with
the club has been a well known fact for years.
-We have a great club, [they are] very active
in this campaign,” she said. Cunningham was confident
the club would grow bigger and better each year.
She expressed appreciation to the OPCYA for
their involvement in the present campaign. -The Western PCs
have led us to victory [in the past two elections],” she
Post-secondary tuition was an issue she felt
the PCs had dealt with effectively. -Tuition has been frozen
at a two per cent increase per year, [whereas] it was 10 per
cent per year when the [New Democratic Party] and Liberals were
in office,” she stated.
As an example of her concern for student
issues, Cunningham pointed out she has worked to secure funding
for expansion on Western's campus. There was $67 million allotted
to Western, as well as $38 million to Fanshawe College for new
buildings, she said.
Cunningham said this year's campaign was
going very well. When asked how she feels about the busy campaigning
time, she said it was fun for her.
-Dianne has always been great for coming
on campus,” said Patrick Harris, president of the OPCYA.
-She likes to boast that Western has the biggest Clubs Week,”
he said, adding Cunningham is also looking forward to attending
Homecoming festivities as she does every year.
-She might as well be an honourary student,”
Harris said. Cunningham has always been very visible on campus,
he added, noting she will be back on campus this Thursday as
Harris said the OPCYA is very appreciative
of her support.
-Education is a very important issue to [Cunningham],”
Harris said, citing her efforts to obtain funding for expansion
as an example. -She is a great proponent of student activism,”
-It's great to see politicians out meeting
with students,” he said. -This speaks very highly of [Cunningham's]
Deb Matthews, the Liberal candidate for the
riding will be on campus on Wed., Sep. 17, said Lissa Regan,
a member of Matthews's campaign team.
Rebecca Coulter, the riding's candidate for
the NDP, is also expected to make an appearance on campus sometime
this week, according to her campaign team.
Voters hit the polls on Oct. 2.