JUNE 2, 2012 8:00 AM
Move is a last ditch effort to quell furor about controversial tuitionhikes
Written by Khristopher Reardon, Staff Writer
Student leaders meet with Quebec ministersfollowing another weekend of protests bothin support of striking students and againstnewly legislated rules regarding publicprotests.Education minister Michelle Courchesne and junior finance minister Alain Paquet hope to
hammer out a deal with the coalition of student and labour groups known asCLASSE.The move is a last ditch effort to try andreach an agreement over the controversialtuition fee hikes in Quebec that started thehotbed of protest.
“The last time we met with Ms. Courchesne,
it was followed by the adoption of theemergency legislation, so we are being verycautious. One thing is certain
there can beno settlement if the government refuses to discuss the tuition-
fee hikes,” said
Martine Desjardins, president of the Federation of University Students to the Globeand Mail.The emergency legislation, known as Bill 78, requires group protests with over 50people to give eight hours notice about protest routes and the times the protests arescheduled to begin and end.It was introduced 10 days ago in an effort to quell the weeks of protesting but itseems to have only invigorated protestors into further furor.