Quebec's provincial government passed an emergency law Friday that sets restrictions on demonstrations and shuts some universities as the government seeks to end three months of demonstrations against tuition hikes.
MONTREAL — The Quebec government will propose small annual increases to university tuition during its ongoing education summit, an event called to help calm last year’s student crisis.
The governing Parti Quebecois is expected to make the announcement Monday at the two-day Montreal conference, a government source said.
Tuition increases were at the heart of the 2012 student unrest, which saw Montreal consumed by massive, nightly demonstrations. It was sparked by the former Liberal government’s plan to hike tuition fees by 77% over five years.
MONTREAL — Quebec Liberals are getting set to choose their new leader at a convention today in Montreal.
Former premier Jean Charest stepped down as Liberal leader last September after losing his seat when his government was toppled by the Parti Quebecois in the provincial election.
Three former cabinet ministers are vying to succeed him — Philippe Couillard, Raymond Bachand and Pierre Moreau.
Couillard, the presumed front-runner, was health minister between 2003 and 2008.
MONTREAL — People who thought they’d seen the last of the nighttime protests in Montreal streets against tuition fee increases heard the familiar drone of police helicopters over the city core Tuesday night as the noctural gnashing of teeth by students over the cost of their education was renewed, boiling over into a battle with police.
Marc-Antoine Dumas would show up for each of his history classes after his student association voted to strike in February 2012, and every time he would be turned away by picketing students. After a month of frustration, he gave up and dropped out.
In a decision that is being called the first of its kind in Quebec, a judge has ordered the Université Laval history students’ association that co-ordinated the blockades to reimburse Mr. Dumas $1,220 in lost tuition and gas money.
QUEBEC — Quebec City police arrested three people during a student protest Thursday night that was broken up within minutes.
About 40 protesters had just left the Quebec legislature when they were told the demonstration would be declared illegal if they did not reveal their planned route.
Unlike the Montreal police, who declared student protests illegal but allow them to continue until vandalism ensues, the Quebec City police intervened right away.
With threats of legal action by the unions hanging in the air, the National Assembly Thursday adopted the government’s controversial municipal pension reform law.
Bill 3 sailed into law following a vote in the legislature.
The government and Coalition Avenir Québec teamed up to pass the bill while the Parti Québécois caucus, true to its pledge, voted against. Also voting against were the three Québec solidaire MNAs. The final vote was 85 for, 28 against.
The battle won’t stop with the adoption of this unfair legislation
MONTREAL — A major Quebec student union group says it will boycott the province’s much-touted summit on post-secondary education.
The ASSE group says it will skip the upcoming summit because the Parti Quebecois government has refused to consider the option of free university tuition.
Quebec Premier Pauline Marois says sovereignty for the province is an “emergency” and “more important today than it was 10 years ago, 15 years ago, 20 years ago.”
Attempting to revive the independence debate, Marois told a weekend meeting of Parti Quebecois delegates that it is “very important to explain” the benefits of making Quebec a country, which include the province making its own decisions and ending the duplication of two levels of government.
When we discovered that the average cost of tuition at four-year higher education institutions was largely pacing the growth of total federal government spending in the United States, that was a very surprising result. The reason why that's surprising is because of how most universities are funded.