Quebec students opposing tuition fee increases critical of uMontréal expansion

March 27, 2012

Approximately 100 Quebec students against tuition fee hikes demonstrated outside a locked-down Montreal city hall Monday, where the provincial government announced that it has allowed the Université de Montréal to proceed with preparing a business plan for the creation of a science pavilion on the former CP rail yards in Outremont. "This is (government) thumbing its nose at students," says a member of uMontréal's Fédération des associations étudiantes. "There are 200,000 students on strike, last week we had a demonstration of historic proportions, and what gets announced today? The creation of a new pavilion. Is it a good investment? The pavilion will cost $350 million; the tuition increases will bring in $600 million. Is this pavilion really necessary?" Quebec's finance minister -- the MNA for Outremont -- says the timing of the announcement reflects a planning and consultation process that has been going on for 2 years. "If anything, this is a gesture that shows the importance of universities," he says. "If we want quality universities, we also need quality equipment for our future science students." Montreal Gazette | Quebec News Release (in French) | uMontréal News Release (in French)