Another student protest on the way
Exactly a year after they announced the start of a general unlimited strike, the radical student group ASSE has announced a protest and a boycott at the upcoming summit on higher education.
The group says the PQ government has broken its promise to consider every option on the table at the meeting including its vision of free education. So, for that reason, it has no choice but to skip it and will hold a protest to defend that vision.
Jeremie Bedard-Wien is a spokesperson for the group. He says 15,000 of its members have already voted in favour of a one day strike on February 26 and thousands more will vote in the next two weeks.
"We have never really demanded the moon, or imposing free education from the get-go, this was not our goal," he explains, "we wanted to have a debate, and that debate has been denied."
The government has said abolishing tuition is not possible in the current economic climate and instead has proposed indexing tuition fees to the cost of living.
"We should not attach a price tag to education" says Bedard-Wien, "and this price tag should not fluctuate to the cost of living like indexation proposes."
The group says it is still ironing out the details of their big protest on February 26. It begins at 2 p.m. at Victoria Square.