NEWS
08/27/2015 14:16 EDT | Updated 08/27/2016 01:12 EDT

Philippe Couillard news conference crashed by protesters

A handful of protestors crashed Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard's news conference this morning after dodging the significant security presence at the Liberal caucus meeting in St-Georges-de-Beauce.

Four people denouncing cuts to education arrived at the hotel restaurant ahead of Couillard's arrival and avoiding checks by bodyguards and Sûreté du Quebec officers.

When the Premier started talking to reporters, they ran in chanting in French "Philippe Couillard is giving up on public education," coming within a metre of Couillard.

The protestors were with the Quebec Teacher's Federation and were denouncing cuts to the education system.

In the last budget, spending on education went up by 0.8 per cent, so when you take into account inflation, it amounts to a cut.

Couillard says he has no problem with protestors, but believes they do not represent what the majority of the population thinks about his agenda.

"For each protestor you probably have hundreds of persons not protesting. So all opinions are legitimate and have to be heard. But the decisions my government will take will not be influenced by demonstrations or other similar gestures," he said.

The province and teachers are also in the midst of negotiations for the next collective agreement.

Outside, about 20 protestors continued in front of the hotel. The head of the Fédération autonome de l'enseignement, an organisation made up six different teachers' union and representing 32,600 teachers, says they will not rule out a general strike if the government is not more responsive to their concerns.