Marois government says "no" to free tuition

Posted By: Laura Casella · 1/28/2013 8:13:00 AM

It was the cause of many students on the streets last Spring, but the Marois government is telling students there will be no free tuition, at least for now. 

The education minister closing the door on this option just a few weeks ahead of a summit on higher education. 

Minister Pierre Duchesne says under the current economic climate, it is just not feasible to eliminate tuition, which would come at an estimated cost of a billion dollars a year.

Student groups are disappointed, but not necessarily surprised by the news.

Jeremie Bedard-Wein is spokesperson for ASSE, the group formerly known as the CLASSE. He says the government is backtracking on its promise.

"Just last week Pauline Marois extended her hands to l'ASSE saying they will look at every option. This summit was built on the premise that we would have debates about higher education."

The group is now threatening to boycott the meeting.

"With the exclusion of free education, it is clear this summit is not going to be a place for debate," says Bedard-Wein. 

The education summit takes place between February 25-26.

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  1. Lance Uppercut posted on 01/28/2013 10:02 AM
    Ooohohohoho. The plot thickens.
  2. Johnathan Leger posted on 01/28/2013 10:40 AM
    oh man this is layers of amazing :D
  3. ROGER posted on 01/28/2013 10:46 AM
    So was the Student strike worth it!!!!! So the Marios is saying the same thing as they Charest said last summer. So you say what needs to be said to get elected. After you do what real world demands. hey Students remember that next election. Promises made, Promises Broken!!!!!
  4. kd posted on 01/28/2013 11:29 AM
    Anyone who thought for a second that the PQ ever seriously considered this is delusional....
  5. LMAO posted on 01/28/2013 02:44 PM
    Looks like they got a good ASSE kicking. Welcome to the real world of dirty politics.
    1. Rudolph S posted on 01/29/2013 09:31 AM
      @LMAO well, Pauline showed them that she loves them, but in this act they did not get kissed........ What the hell. do they think, quebecers pay already the lowest tuition in the country, and their parents the highes taxes in north america. why should it be free, what's next free I-pads and
      I-phones for that I, I ,I , and me me me generation. The serious students did not go on strike but had to suffer because of the red square basketweaver students.
      Next time please vote for me, I promiss there will be no more snowstorms in Montreal, free admission to the Grand Prix and the Habs will never loose a Game again, so help me St.Pauline......
  6. CJ posted on 01/28/2013 02:45 PM
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!! What did they think she was going to do Ahahahahahahahahahahaha.....
  7. Umaga posted on 01/28/2013 04:40 PM
    Does this mean Aunty Pauline can no longer wear her trendy little red square to the Assemble' ?
  8. Beverly posted on 01/29/2013 02:48 PM
    Well, well, well .........isn't it too bad. Students go get a job and pay for your
    own tuition. How's about it ? I did , and so did many others.
  9. Robin posted on 01/30/2013 07:02 AM
    Well i guess the only thing Mrs Marois will be bringing home is a good portion of haggis for all her friends! Bon appetit!
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