Quebec Student Groups Reject Proposed Tuition Deal

CBC  |  Posted: 05/11/2012 6:40 pm Updated: 05/13/2012 3:38 pm

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The votes are in, and all three of the largest student groups in Quebec have rejected the tentative agreement reached with the Liberal government last weekend.


Eighteen student unions associated with FECQ, the federation that represents CÉGEP students, voted on the deal this week.


FECQ says 83 per cent rejected the agreement, with the majority requesting clarification on some of the deal's points.


The federation that represents university students – the FEUQ – has also rejected the offer.


FEUQ president Martine Desjardins says more than 260,000 voted against it this week.


She says members will meet tonight to discuss ways to get back to the negotiating table.


On Thursday, student group CLASSE rejected the tuition increase offer.


Meanwhile, student leaders spent part of Friday at the Montreal courthouse, to condemn injunctions being filed by students who want to return to their studies.


Student leaders say the injunctions are ineffective and a waste of taxpayers' money.


As the "red-square" student tuition protest movement its fourth month, a counter-movement calling for peace is drawing high-profile support.


A group of Quebec doctors has called for a resolution to the tuition fee conflict between students and the government.


More than 50 physicians have joined the "white-square" movement, which they say they formed out of concern for the physical safety of student protesters.


Former Bloc Québécois leader Gilles Duceppe has signed the group's petition and endorsed its message via social media on Friday.


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    Students protesting against tuition hikes battle with Quebec Provincial Police at the Lionel Groulx college Tuesday, May 15, 2012 in Ste. Therese, Quebec.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

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    Police unmask a student after arresting him during a protest against tuition hikes, Tuesday, May 15, 2012 in downtown Montreal.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

  • A riot police officer takes down a student during a protest against tuition hikes at the Tuesday, May 15, 2012 in downtown Montreal.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

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    Two riot police officers tackle a demonstrator Friday, May 4, 2012 in Victoriaville, Quebec. Provincial police say a riot in small-town Quebec last week was the most violent protest they've seen in more than a decade and insist their response was a measured one. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

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    Police hold back students who want to attend class from entering CEGEP Lionel Groulx in Ste. Therese, Que., Monday, May 14, 2012, as striking students block the entrance. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

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    Demonstrators break though a barrier as Provincial police officers stand by outside the Quebec Liberal Party meeting on Friday, May 4, 2012 Victoriaville, Quebec. A violent standoff erupted on the streets of a small city where Quebec's governing party was holding its weekend convention, as protesters and provincial police rained physical abuse on each other Friday.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

  • Provincial police officers confront protesters during a student demonstration outside the Quebec Liberal Party meeting Friday, May 4, 2012 Victoriaville, Quebec. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

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    Riot police move in on protesters during an anti-capitalist rally in Montreal, Tuesday, May 1, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

  • When Police And Students Clash

    CREDIT: Yves Charlebois, Huffington Post Quebec

  • When Police And Students Clash

    CREDIT: Yves Charlebois, Huffington Post Quebec

  • When Police And Students Clash

    CREDIT: Yves Charlebois, Huffington Post Quebec

  • When Police And Students Clash

    CREDIT: Yves Charlebois, Huffington Post Quebec

  • When Police And Students Clash

    CREDIT: Yves Charlebois, Huffington Post Quebec

  • When Police And Students Clash

    CREDIT: Yves Charlebois, Huffington Post Quebec

  • When Police And Students Clash

    CREDIT: Yves Charlebois, Huffington Post Quebec

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