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Daphnée Dion-Viens August 14, 2012
“Yes, we would have liked to continue the strike,” says CLASSE co-spokesperson Jeanne Reynolds. ”But we can see that people want to continue to mobilize for the march on August 22nd and strike votes will be taken up again after the election.”
Student associations are refusing to admit defeat even though most cégep students have decided to return to classes. Far from being out of steam, student leaders are talking about a change of strategy in light of the September 4th election.
Raphaël Dallaire Ferland August 14, 2012
Photo caption: Nearly 1,500 students attended Collège de Maisonneuve yesterday to have their say in the continuation of the strike. Students at this college, as well as those at Cégep Marie-Victorin and at Collège Édouard-Montpetit, voted to return to classes. At Cégep du Vieux-Montréal, the strike will continue after a recount confirmed a narrow margin in favour.
Three CEGEPs voted yesterday to return to classes; the strike continues at Cégep du Vieux-Montréal.
Strike mandates for an unlimited general strike are falling one by one in CEGEPs. Collège Édouard-Montpetit, Cégep Marie-Victorin and Collège de Maisonneuve voted Monday to return to classes, adding their numbers to the three CEGEPs that ratified the end of the strike last week.
At the end of a five-hour long general assembly that was infiltrated by tens of activists from the nighttime demonstration, students at Cégep du Vieux-Montréal confirmed the mandate to strike until free tuition is achieved. The vote was by such a narrow margin that a recount was necessary.
By deciding the fate of 22,500 cégep students, these four assemblies marked a deciding moment for the movement. Of the 160,000 students who boycotted their classes at the height of the strike in the spring, there are now some 110,000. If that number were to drop below 100,000, several university and college associations would automatically end their own strike mandates.
Paul Journet August 2, 2012
(Laval) CLASSE has rejected the appeal for a truce, put forward by Léo Bureau-Blouin, the PQ candidate for Laval-des-Rapides. FEUQ and FECQ remain “neutral.” The three student associations say they are nevertheless interested by the PQ’s idea of a summit about higher education, though they have some reservations.
Léo Bureau-Blouin says he doesn’t want to wade into student politics, but nevertheless, he does have one wish: that students “imagine an electoral truce.”
CLASSE believes Bureau-Blouin should have kept quiet. CLASSE co-spokesperson Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois was brusque: “There’s always a sense of malaise when people from outside the movement weigh in on the student debate to give advice.”
July 26, 2012
Contrary to what is projected by the Director General of Elections in Quebec (DGEQ), the Fédération étudiante collégiale du Québec (FECQ) and the Fédération étudiante universitaire du Québec (FEUQ) think that changes to electoral law are ill-conceived and they do not ensure that it will be easier for students to vote than in 2008, since those who leave their homes temporarily during the time of their studies will not be able to vote at their schools.
“The Liberal government has refused to put voting booths in CEGEPs and universities. It is now refusing to allow students to vote in the district of their schools and it has proposing instead a new rule with little bearing on the reality of life for students. One has to ask if it is not doing everything in its power to hinder students from voting in ‘student ridings’ such as Sherbrooke, out of fear losing the next elections,” wonder Éliane Laberge, president of FECQ, and Yanick Grégoire, executive vice-president of FEUQ.
Léo Bureau-Blouin July 25, 2012
In the last months, I’ve been lucky enough to represent thousands of young people who want to endow Quebec with a more accessible educational system. It has been an honor for me to bring the demands of thousands of individuals to the government of Quebec. Still, there has come a moment when we ask ourselves if we can do more to make our most profound convictions into real public policy. There has come a moment when we ask ourselves if we can do more to build a Quebec where people will live better lives.
Denis Lessard July 24, 2012
(Quebec City) Propelled in the limelight by last spring’s student conflict, Léo Bureau-Blouin is taking on a political career.
The former president of the Fédération étudiante collégiale du Québec (FECQ - Federation of Quebec College Students) will be a péquiste candidate in the Laval-des-Rapides riding, La Presse has learned.
Mr Bureau-Blouin will be meeting with Parti Québécois leaders as of today. The Director General, Sylvain Tanguay, organized a meeting yesterday. Last Thursday, he also met with the riding’s executive committee to ensure that the process would take place without any hurdles.
The proceedings have left behind Marc Demers, president of the local association and former Laval police officer, who had accepted, for the past few elections, to maintain a stronghold in the riding and to become the rival candidate to Liberal Alain Paquet. Mr Demers would however consent to step back in order to make room for the new “star”.
Patrice Bergeron July 13 2012
Michelle Couchesne, the minister of education, has condemned the methods of action that student associations propose for this summer where an election is foreseen.
She reproaches the student protest movement for distancing itself from the field of education rights and for getting into all sorts of other debates, which do not further a resolution of the original problem.
At a time when an election call on August 1 seems increasingly likely, the Coalition large pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante (CLASSE) has undertaken a tour of Quebec, to speak about democracy, the Plan Nord, shale gas, feminism and aboriginal rights.
Marco Fortier July 12 2012
After a spring of total mobilization against the Charest government, the student movement prepares trench warfare against the Quebec Liberal Party (PLQ) in the elections being announced for September.
>In graphics: the hotly disputed ridings
The student associations put everything in the works to “get out the vote” of protest against the liberal government. The students are convinced that the youth vote can make a difference in a dozen ridings, including that of Sherbrooke, represented by the premier Jean Charest since 1998.
“The students have been mobilized all spring against the tuition fee increase. Our priority is now to ensure that they will go vote”, says Yanick Grégoire, vice president of the Fédération étudiante universitaire du Québec (FEUQ), which represents 125 000 members.
Jean Charest minimized the impact of this meeting.
Caption: The mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoë, received the honor of Officer of the National Order of Quebec from Jean Charest today. Photo : La Presse canadienne (photo) Jacques Boissinot
Today, the premier Jean Charest minimized the impact of a meeting between the mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoë, and student leaders on the subject of the increase in tuition fees.
Before coming to Quebec to participate in the International forum on the French language, Mr. Delanoë had solicited this meeting with student representatives.
A few hours before receiving the honor of Officer of the National Order of Quebec from Mr. Charest, Mr. Delanoë met the leaders of the Fédération étudiante universitaire du Québec (FEUQ), the Fédération étudiante collégiale du Québec (FECQ) and the Table de concertation étudiante du Québec (TACEQ).
Annie Mathieu July 3, 2012
CAPTION: Thomas Prédour is one of the two Belgians who, called by the student conflict, distributed red squares at the International forum for the French language (Forum mondial de la langue française). Photo: LE SOLEIL, ERICK LABBÉ
(Québec) In addition to wearing it, two members of the Belgian delegation to the International forum for the French language undertook the distribution of the felted red square, the symbol of the student struggle in the province, to the delegates participating in the event. The young residents of Brussels also want to show their solidarity with Quebeckers “in a peaceful manner”.
Aged 30 and 32 respectively, Thomas Prédour and Mathias Bressan were called to by the student conflict and the echoes that they had in their country. But it’s when they met the spokesperson for the Fédération étudiante collégiale du Québec, Éliane Laberge, on Monday that they had the idea of pinning a red square to their clothing and to have them distributed.