Montreal

Quebec student loses legal bid to limit tuition protest

A Quebec student has failed in his bid to get an emergency injunction aimed at ending student walkouts across the province.
More than 300,000 Quebec students have joined the general strike opposing tuition increases, according to student organizations. (Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press)

A Quebec student has failed in his bid to get an emergency injunction aimed at ending student walkouts across the province.

Guillaume Charette says his attempt failed because he wasn't able to prove the injunction was necessary.

The University of Montreal law student was in court seeking a ruling that would allow students to attend class without being obstructed or harassed during protests against tuition hikes.

A judge denied the bid this morning, saying it didn't meet the criteria necessary for an emergency injunction.

The Charest government wants to nearly double tuition fees over five years, to $3,800 per year. It says that even with the hikes, Quebec would still have among the lowest rates in the country.

Charette says he was trying to provide minimal rights for students who want to go to class.

Charette had to demonstrate an urgency in his application and prove he had suffered irreparable harm.

A spokesman for one of the student associations says the ruling shows student complaints should not be dealt with before the courts.

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