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Nicole Yeba

Aftermath of the Maple Spring

A year ago, Québec’s student population started the Maple Spring, which led to the election of a new party in power. Jean Charest’s Québec Liberal Party (PLQ) lost against Pauline Marois’s Parti Québecois (PQ). Marois promised to freeze the tuition that Charest wanted to increase by $1,625 over five years. The Maple Spring led to major strikes in many colleges and universities all over the province of Québec.The Marois government wants to index the tuition fees of Québec universities. The student population feels betrayed as they voted for her party, who promised to freeze the tuition. Back in 1996, the PQ had cut $400 million in education and had raised the possibility of tuition increase.The Education Summit was held at l’Arsenal in Montreal on February 25th and 26th.Four themes were discussed in these two days, which many believed was too little time.The quality of higher education with agreements on challenges educational institutions face.The access and participation in higher education by looking at factors standing in the way of college or university enrollment.The governance and funding of universities by determining key elements that affect them.The contribution of educational institutions and of research to Québec’s overall development to define the progress of critical thinking, ethics, innovation and socioeconomic growth in Québec.Over 350 people attended the summit, including Premier Pauline Marois and Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology Pierre Duchesne along with other members of the government. It also included more than 60 representative of higher education schools and civilians.The Association pour une solidarité sociale édutiande (ASSÉ), which includes over 70,000 members of different associations from Quebec’s colleges and universities, was not present at the summit and it believes that the event was a masquerade, and the government had already made their choices.ASSÉ sent a message on February 26th with a… Read More