Quebec Election and the Student Strike


The fact that tuition increases could be the issue that keeps Jean Charest in power presents something of a dilemma to the student leaders who have been fighting them so loudly and publicly this year. Do they keep up that public fight, knowing that every time they take to the streets, they could be pushing more voters to support the man they're fighting against? We talk to student leaders about that dilemma.

Today's guest host was Jim Brown.

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Quebec Election and the Student Strike

We started this segment with a clip from Leo Bureau-Blouin, the former student strike leader taking his fight against higher tuition to the next level. He plans to run for the Parti Quebecois in the province's upcoming election. That election is expected to be called this week.

Leo Bureau-Blouin hopes his bid for office will help turn the largest and longest student strike in Canadian history into real political power. But it may not be that simple. Other student leaders aren't ready to follow him, and plan to continue the strike. Premier Charest may have the lowest approval rating of any Canadian Premier -- but most Quebecers support his plan to raise tuition.

In fact, some analysts believe that his best shot at re-election is more loud and dramatic student protests. That leaves Quebec's student leaders in an awkward position with a lot at stake. We head from Chris Nardi, a columnist with The National Post.

We were joined this morning by representatives of two of Quebec's major student groups. Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois is the spokesperson for CLASSE. Yanick Gregoire is the Vice-President of FEUQ, which represents Quebec's university students. And Ethan Cox is the Quebec correspondent for

This segment was produced by The Current's Shannon Higgins.

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