ASSÉ to boycott Quebec PSE summit, promises demonstrations

February 15, 2013

The Quebec student group ASSÉ has decided to boycott the province's upcoming PSE summit as provincial leaders refuse to consider eliminating tuition fees. ASSÉ's leaders are working to rally thousands of students for street protests on February 26. Tensions over matters such as tuition fees and government cuts to higher education funding continue to simmer, casting doubt on whether the summit can produce a solution that will satisfy stakeholders. ASSÉ worries the province has already decided to index tuition fees to inflation, and considers the summit more as a public relations exercise than a real debate. Premier Pauline Marois says ASSÉ members "are depriving themselves of a place to speak," and that "it's a shame but that is their choice and I respect it." Globe and Mail