Protesters no longer want a free ride
Apr 9, 2012 / 2:30 pm
One of Quebec's most active student-protest groups has softened its tone and is no longer demanding that university education be free for all.
In recent weeks, tens of thousands of students have taken to the streets almost daily against the province's plans to hike tuition fees.
One of the most prominent student groups says it's now calling for a tuition freeze, and has put off its demand for free education.
Students are fighting Quebec's plan to raise tuition by nearly 75 per cent over five years, a jump that would still leave provincial tuition among the lowest in Canada.
The protesters call their resistance a matter of principle to protect universal access to affordable education.
Protest organizers also say they are planning a massive demonstration in Montreal for this Saturday, to mark the ninth anniversary of Jean Charest's election as Quebec premier on April 14, 2003.
The students have been warned their semester might be cancelled if they don't get back to class.
The Quebec government has refused to budge on the tuition-fee increases.
But last week the Liberal government did propose changes to its student-loan program in a bid to end the walkouts.
The government says loan reimbursements will be pegged to the income of students and their parents.
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