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Two of Quebec’s biggest faculties opt out of strike

Arts and business students will attend classes


 

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Two of Quebec’s largest English-language student associations have decided against joining the widespread student strikes in Quebec.

Many associations have held votes to decide whether members should jointly skip classes to protest a tuition hike of $1,625 over five years.

After a bit of a delay, members of The Arts Undergraduate Society of McGill University voted against striking on Tuesday: 609 were opposed, 495 were in favour and 16 abstained.

The vote was delayed, according to the Montreal Gazette, because more people than expected showed up—about 1,100 of the 7,100-strong faculty. As a result, some voting took place via Skype connections.

The Arts Undergraduate Society did not take a position on the strike prior to the vote,  although the Student Society of McGill University supports it.

Concordia University’s Student Union, which also supports the strike, held a vote last week after which they declared that the entire student body would skip classes.

But the Commerce and Administration Students’ Association (CASA) held their own poll for business students this week. About 900 of its 7,500 members voted; 84 per cent were opposed to the strike.

As a result, CASA president Marianna Luciano says that her members will go to class, although she says she wouldn’t be surprised if students from other faculties try to physically block access.

According to the website of the student strike movement, StoptheHike.com, 133 student unions representing 166,490 students are on strike. Of those, 93,445 are CEGEP students. The group is planning a National Demonstration on March 22 at Canada Place in Montreal.

Meanwhile, a group calling themselves the Students’ Coalition for Free Association wants the government to reform student unions. Their petition received support from Liberal Member of the National Assembly Danielle St-Amand, who posted it to the website of the assembly on Tuesday.

After the tuition hike is fully implemented in 2017, Quebec students will pay about $4,000 per year.


 

Two of Quebec’s biggest faculties opt out of strike

  1. Your journalism is seriously flawed, unless you wish it to be a manipulative tool distorting facts and purporting to explain the reality of the situation, while creating an image that is far far from the truth.

    How can you possibly make such a headline, the decision of the two components cited, represent less than 9% of those who have decided in the opposite direction of vote? An even smaller component when you include those organizations who did not vote or who voted not to strike, they are probably less than 1/20 of the total, yet you toute them as a Weathervane of the movement, really, you are quite transparant, and you must realize your “neutral” position is tarnished to the extreme when exposed.

    Why? Because you have to say something, you have to balance out the forces that are arrayed in front of you, after all they speak for those who cannot speak, for the disenfranchised, those trying to work their way into social production, unable to control the forces in their lives that limit their advance, forced to depend more an more on indebtedness, and less and less on their capacity to learn and perform.

    Exactly who do you think will be hurt if the component cost of education paid by the student rises?
    will students become more free in their choices?
    will they become more independant of their parents?
    Will those whos parants who are poor or single and burdened be better equipped to participate in the process of evolving their capacity to contribute?

    Education is a right, it is something that everybody should have access to so that our society can maximise its capacity to flourish, more engineers, more artists, more and better trained people in all functions will render us closer and closer to the social order that does not accept manipulative elements like you.

    I have no doubt that the majority can and will make mistakes, but I also have no doubt that when they make mistakes they will want to know about them, and correct them, so they can be part of the majority, part of the throng which will carry us forward toward our destiny, we have some elements of a free society, a crude and poorly manifested democracy, good grief we vote about once every 4 or so years!!!!
    We could vote on a regular basis, like we do when we hit sites on the internet, that is instantaneous, imagine if we could express our view at the same time as we observe that of others? and if we knew what people truely felt, realy thought?
    That is what democracy is, deciding what movie to watch at home, Selecting a teammate as your Captain, that is democracy, make your voice be heard and listen to the voices of others.

    Just because you cannot shout and cannot raise your hand high does not mean no one wishes to hear your tentative words, or notice your fingers flailing in the air.

    Be heard Vote with your voice your heart and your feet.

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