Quebec ready to talk to students about improved university governance

April 16, 2012

The Quebec government announced Sunday that it would be willing to discuss the matter of improved governance of provincial universities with certain student groups. The announcement by Education Minister Line Beauchamp was in response to the Fédération étudiante universitaire du Québec's (FEUQ) resolution adopted at their annual general assembly that calls for an independent commission to improve university management. Tuition fee increases are still not up for discussion, the minister said. Beauchamp has offered to speak to FEUQ and the Fédération étudiante collégiale du Québec (FECQ), but not with the Coalition large de l'Association pour un solidarité syndicale étudiante (CLASSE), an umbrella group of students organizations arranging much of the strike movement and considered relatively radical. After Beauchamp's office was vandalized Friday morning by 15 protesters, FEUQ and FECQ stated it was not in favour of vandalism or violence, but CLASSE has not condemned the vandals' actions. Montreal Gazette