ASSÉ threatens to walk out of Quebec PSE summit

February 5, 2013

L'Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante (ASSÉ) has threatened to walk out of Quebec's upcoming PSE summit if the province does not put free education back on the table. The student group's ultimatum to Higher Education Minister Pierre Duchesne is that the summit must not just focus on raising tuition or indexation, but must also allow for serious consideration of all proposals -- including one for free education. An ASSÉ spokesman says the province is breaking its promise that there would be room for discussion of all positions at the summit. ASSÉ is planning a demonstration during one of the summit's 2 days at the end of the month. The spokesman says if free education is not debated at the summit, or if indexing tuition fees to the cost of living is the final proposal that emerges from the summit, students are prepared to start demonstrating in the streets again. Montreal Gazette