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Marianne White September 5, 2012
Original French Text: http://www.journaldemontreal.com/2012/09/05/marois-va-annuler-la-hausse
MONTREAL- Even if she has a minority Pauline Maois has the firm intention to act rapidly to cancel the rise in tuition, and repleal Bill 101.
The elected Premier gave an overview Wednesday of the steps she wants to take.
“My government will cancel the increase in tuition by decree. Law 78 will no longer be in place.” She said, arguing that she hoped to obtain the support of the opposition parties.
Even if a decree is adopted by the government to cancel the increase, a non-confidence motion could be filed by her opponents.
“Even in a minority, I have the intention to get results for the people,” affirmed the PQ leader who accepted the verdict of the population.
Gabrielle Duchaine August 1, 2012
PHOTO ROBERT SKINNER, LA PRESSE
(Montreal) Summer vacation hasn’t taken the drive out of the student movement. One hundred days after the first night demonstration against tuition hikes, and 12 hours after the official launch of an electoral campaign, thousands of casseroles and demonstrators took to the streets of Montreal Wednesday night. A warning to disperse was given by the SPVM at 10:30pm.
Even the famous Anarchopanda came to the head of the demonstration. He received a veritable ovation on his arrival, which galvanized the crowd, already feverish under a stormy sky.
Masks, a giant red square, mascots, flags, fireworks, whistles, scarves…there was everything, and there was a lot of it.
Jean-Louis Bourque, Political Analyst July 12, 2012
Original French text: http://www.ledevoir.com/societe/education/354367/gare-au-
The student strike against the radical and rapid tuition hike is symptomatic of a profound malaise, one that distorts the essential role of certain public services and higher education in particular.
Since the Parent report of the 1960s, it was always taken for granted that education should be free and accessible to all. It was considered a fundamental right. Over the past several years, the governing Liberals have gravitated to the North American model, which focuses on the financing and commodification of education, increasingly conceived as a profit-oriented business. Slowly but surely, the user-payer approach is setting in. The student pays. The teacher delivers.
“Contribute your fair share!” says the Premier. Clearly, the student’s role is to study, not work at a depanneur, restaurant, hotel or gas station to make ends meet. The teacher’s role is first and foremost to teach, not fill out grant applications and only do research sponsored by and serving the interests of big business.
The university’s fundamental role is to foster the development of freethinking, competent and responsible human beings capable of creativity, reflection and critical thought, and contribute to the betterment of society as a whole. It is in this sense a public service, undoubtedly the most important of all, and it shouldn’t be left in the hands of profiteers.
Jean-Michel Landry, Berkeley PhD June 15, 2012
Original French Text: http://www.ledevoir.com/societe/education/352504/la-part-de-l-etudiant
After three months of protests, an incalculable number of marches and as many debates, we would be tempted to believe that, on higher learning and its financing, everything has been said. But at the heart of this vast debate, there lies a black hole, an opaque element. This opaque element is what we have called the students’ “fair share.” So what is exactly this famous “fair share?”
We know that when the supporters of the tuition hikes invite the students to “do their share”, they hope to see them cover a larger part of the cost of education. To this, the hikes’ opponents answer that student “will fully do their share” by contributing to the financing of the university network as soon as they will obtain a job and dispose of, through this, a taxable income.