Quebec Student Protests as Game Changer?


Quebec students forced the Charest government into a compromise on the incendiary issue of tuition hikes and one of their leaders is insisting their motivation went beyond tuition to wider economic policies across the province. Today, our project Game Changer asks if that 12-week effort has implications beyond the classroom.

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Quebec Student Protests as Game Changer? - Student Labour Solidarity

Once again, Montreal was the scene of student protests last night. Over the weekend, even as the longest student strike in Quebec history continued, student leaders emerged with a proposal from the government of Quebec Premier Jean Charest.

The Charest government proposes to go ahead with the plan to raise university tuition fees by 75 percent over the next seven years, but it would implement other offsets to students' costs through a so-called provisional council that will look at how universities are spending their money.

We aired a clip with how some students reacted last night at a rally in Montreal.

Student leaders say they won't tell their supporters whether to agree to the proposed concessions. A vote is expected to take place in the days ahead. It's not clear when or if students will return to classes.

But this may no longer be solely about tuition or even education. Today, as part of our Game Changer series, we're looking at whether the strike will leave a lasting imprint in Quebec; on its politics, its culture and its economy.

Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois speaks for a group known by its French acronym CLASSE, or in English, the Association for Student Labour Solidarity. He was in our Montreal studio.

Quebec Student Protests as Game Changer? - La Press Columnist

The protests have perplexed and even angered some people outside Quebec, who wonder why students complain about tuition hikes when they pay the lowest fees in the country. But the movement is less surprising to those who know the province's history.

For more on that we were joined by Patrick Lagacé . He's a columnist with La Presse in Montreal.

This segment was produced by The Current's Ellen Saenger, Kristin Nelson and Idella Sturino.

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