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Christian Rioux June 2, 2012
Yesterday, former French Minister of Culture and Education, Jack Lang, denounced the tuition hike and came out in support of Québécois students’ fight. Lang served under Francois Mitterrand, who remains as one of the most popular political figures in France. According to the former Minister, the tuition hike is an unjust and violent measure.
“I love Québec. It is a nation that has done so much for the French language and for culture. I see it as a great civilization, which makes me all the more surprised that its government would make a decision that is so unjust towards its students. Imposing tuition fees that high is almost a violent measure.”
Pascale Breton June 4, 2012
Students in their class in Helsinki in Finland. La Presse Archives.
A Nordic country with a little over five million inhabitants where education is free for all, even at university, Finland has often been cited as an example since the beginning of the student conflict. The former Montreal lawyer, André Noël Chaker, has lived there for about twenty years. He is councilor to the president of the national Finnish lottery, but also an international sports law professor. Author of the Finnish Miracle, a book that has appeared recently, he passed through Montreal this week. We met him.
A conflict like the student strike that has affected Quebec for 112 days, that results in daily protests in the street, wouldn’t last long in Finland, according to André Noël Chaker.
Youtube Description: A video with 2 reserachers from IRIS (Intitute of Socio-Economic Research and Information), Simon Tremblay-Pépin and Éric Martin, who dispel several myths that are advanced to justify tuition increases.
Tuition Fees: Myth #1
Universities Are Underfinanced
One of the arguments we often hear from people who support raising tuition fees is to tell us universities are underfinanced – that they lack resources.
But, universities have never received more money than they do today. The problem has more to do with what they do with that money, and how they divide it up. That’s what people are calling into question.