05/11/2012 06:40 EDT | Updated 07/11/2012 05:12 EDT

Quebec Student Groups Reject Proposed Tuition Deal


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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