Students and their supporters protest tuition hikes in a march in Montreal.
Student groups in Quebec are scheduled to meet with the province’s education minister to resume negotiations over tuition hikes that have provoked more than 100 days of sustained protest.
The president of FEUQ, the largest student group involved in the talks, predicts the negotiations could put an end to the student strikes. Some student groups have demanded a tuition freeze while others appear to be willing to accept a compromise of lower tuition increases. —ARK
Representatives from the three student groups involved in the conflict will travel to Quebec City for the negotiations, due to take place at 2pm on Monday, for what could be a week of negotiation, according to one student leader.
It will be the fourth round of discussions as both sides bid to come to agreement over the government’s proposal to increase university fees by $325 a year for five years. The proposals sparked a strike and huge protests in Quebec, which have been fuelled by the government introducing a draconian law which restricts people’s rights to demonstrate.