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Deal on Quebec student strike fizzling


 

A tentative deal to end the three-month long student strike in Quebec has so far received a strong rejection from students. On Monday, students in more than a dozen institutions had rejected the deal reached on Saturday, while student leaders accused the provincial government of claiming victory over the striking students. The leaders of the student groups also accused the Charest government of failing to include in the deal what had been discussed during last week’s talks.

Under the deal, tuition fees would rise by $254 a year but other ancillary fees would be reduced and a special provisional council, including student members, would be created to review university spending and curb extra fees students pay in addition to tuition. The vote on the deal continues in Quebec throughout the week, but the early votes indicate it will not put an end to the crisis.

From the Globe and Mail:

Leaders of the student movement demanded that the agreement be clarified to include the government’s verbal commitment, made at the bargaining table, that reductions in surcharges as well as all savings made by the universities would go to lowering tuition fees.

And they contend that the minister’s comments inflamed an already heated debate over an agreement which, from the outset, failed to meet the students’ demands for a freeze on the fee hikes.

“The comments made by the government have done nothing to appease the confrontation. That was not what we agreed to at the bargaining table,” said Martine Desjardins, president of the Quebec federation of university students. “It has contributed to sabotaging the deal.”

 


 
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Deal on Quebec student strike fizzling

  1. What a bunch of spoiled brats. I can’t wait for the public to inevitably turn on these clowns.

    • Spoken like someone who knows nothing of what he speaks. To get informed
      properly, stop reading Macleans. Then try understanding the issue at
      hand.

      • It actually seems fairly straightforward
        – The government wants a significant tuition increase over 7 years
        – even after the increase, Quebec would still easily have the lowest tuition rates in Canada
        – Financial aid would be made available to ensure that low income students are not affected by the increase (at least in theory)
        – The boycotting students want a continuation of the current tuition freeze and eventually no tuition
        – The boycotting students intend to make things miserable for others until they get their way. Examples of “others” are students who want to attend classes, people who don’t think nightly marches/riots in their towns are demonstrations of democracy, businesses who don’t appreciate being vandalized.
        – Additionally, it seems that a number of student leaders see this as being about far more than a tuition hike and are intent on widening the scope of the protest to include any number of other things.

        The bizarre thing is that the PQ has said it is not in favour of the tuition hike and an election is due by next year. So all the boycotting students really need to do is stand down and work for a PQ win. That would be democracy in action; not intimidating fellow students to not attend class, and vandalizing property.