Student protesters return to streets of Montreal


With provincial  elections looming, students in Quebec are back on the streets and making their voices heard. For the first time in weeks, thousands marched through downtown Montreal on Sunday to protest the provincial government’s proposed tuition hikes, the Gazette reports. Students have been protesting publicly for over five months, but the numbers had dwindled while students went home for the summer break.

While tuition hikes are the primary cause of the protests, students are also concerned about the government’s stance on environmental and economic policies, according to the CBC. In light of widespread speculation Quebec premier Jean Charest may call an election on August 1 for a vote in early September, student groups are trying to mobilize their followers to oust the current Liberal Party.

“Our role will be to get out the vote. We think that if a larger number of young people go to the polls, we’ll have a government that’s more representative of Quebec society,” FECQ leader Éliane  Laberge told the CBC.


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Student protesters return to streets of Montreal

  1. And who, outside of Quebec, really cares ??

    • NoooooooooooooBody

      • Thinking people, actually…oh, sorry.

        • Well for sure it’s not working people

          • They’re okay with paying for F-35s though eh?

  2. You’d be surprised @ Francis.

  3. As a student here in Alberta, I think that these lazy bums should quit complaining. We pay twice as much and hardly complain.
    Maybe instead of protesting all summer they should get a job and stop relying on the rest of the country to subsidize their tuition (equalization payments and government subsidies).
    From one student to another, get a job and quit complaining.

    • Maybe instead of complaining about them, you should be protesting the absurd price you pay in AB and I pay in On for and education.

      • Maybe taxpayers who weren’t able to attend University, or aren’t able to afford to send their own kids to University should be protesting the absurd idea that they have to subsidize the education of rich University educated parents’ kids, who will probably go on to earn more than them also.

        Why should the 99% have to pay for the education of the 1%?!

        Any why would @988f00ec275d336346e6e62ddc525625:disqus start protesting the fact that he pays a higher price for a better education? Typical leftist, equality is only achieved by dragging everybody down to the lowest common denominator.

    • You don’t, actually. Not when you’re looking at the fees as a portion of after-tax pay.

      In fact, here in Alberta, our tuition as a percentage of after-tax income is actually among the lowest on the continent.

      We also have a system of remission for student loans that’s nearly as good or better than the rest of Canada.

  4. They should get a job and quit riding the coat-tails of society

    • They’re trying to get a job.. it’s called getting an education so that they can be better prepared to earn an income and support your sorry ass in its dotage.

      • I work two jobs for a much more expensive education and have zero debt (in BC) so yes they should just get a job and be done with it, some of those degrees they are trying to get probably aren’t employable anyways.

        • You also pay a lot less taxes on your income from those two jobs. That’s what folks always seem to forget, you don’t get to pay tuition from pre-tax dollars.

      • That’s complete BS. If they were at all worried about their employment prospects, they’d be happy that tuition is going up so that the quality of their education would improve, thus improving their likelihood of finding employment. They’d be out working summer jobs trying to get real world experience that would be valuable to future employers.

        In short, if they were concerned about employment at all, they’d be doing basically ANYTHING BUT what they’re currently doing.

        • Sure. They can just say screw it, and go get a job. After all, McDonald’s is always hiring.

          But if you think that kind of job is going to bring in the tax dollars we need to support your sorry ass in its dotage, I’m afraid you haven’t a clue.. as usual.

          • *Sigh* You got halfway there man, you were so close.

            “They can just say screw it, and go get a job. After all, McDonald’s is always hiring.” and use the money they earn working at McDonald’s to pay for their education. You do know that millions of Canadians have successfully done that, right? Working your way through University isn’t exactly some new-fangled neo-Con concept.

            There are also tonnes of bursaries available, along with a very generous student loan program. If people are willing to go into debt to invest in things like houses, or businesses, surely going into debt to get an education that will pay off in the long run is a worthwhile investment, isn’t it?

            It seems to me that anybody who supports these “protesters” thinks:
            A) Getting an education is the most important thing in the world
            B) Getting an education should be incredibly easy
            C) The beneficiary of said education should make no sacrifices for it.

          • You’re right. I only went half-way.. I mistakenly made the assumption you might be bright enough to think it through.

            So.. the bloody obvious points I left out:

            1. Most of these students already do work during the summer for their tuition. The student loan system requires it. Your assumption that they don’t then is not only insulting, but simply demonstrates your ignorance.

            2. The increases in tuition *vastly* outstrip any increase in wages students will see over the same time, thus leaving them without enough money to cover tuition. That is, unless you think McDonald’s is going to up wages 75% over the next three years. Do you?

            3. Student loan debt is not like any other debt. You can be refused student loans based on your parents income.. income which is surely not going to rise 75% in the next three years. Also, you cannot declare bankruptcy on it, and a partial education is as good as none when it comes to the job market. Tell me, how many responsible people would take out business loans or mortgages if they knew they’d be unable to declare bankruptcy if things failed, and that if it failed they’d have absolutely *nothing* to show for it?

            And again, you display your ignorance. The student loan program is anything but “very generous”. Maybe back in the 60s when it was first developed, but hardly now. It provides less than social services in most provinces, and comes without most of the additional benefits in medical and family support that social services does.

            As for your assumptions:
            A) Yes. You got one right.
            B) No. It should not be incredibly easy, but financial considerations should not play a part on it. And in fact, if financial considerations weren’t a part, I expect it would be *harder*, as competition would be more intense.
            C) No. Our society should definitely make sacrifices to educate our children. Just as we do for primary and secondary, so should we for post-secondary.

  5. “to maintain a certain level of quality, you have to keep a certain price,”
    “cheap is cheap” !!!
    “this is what you get for your money”
    these losers are not interested at all about whatever education, The moms & pops pay & impose on their brats, and we the society are stuck with them

  6. No government will ever be “representative of Quebec society.” You can’t make the scene if you ain’t got the green.

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