MONTREAL, Feb. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Hundreds of Concordia University
students are expected to take part in a Day of Action on Valentine's
Day to express their discontent with the university administration and
exponential increases in Quebec tuition fees.
The Concordia Student Union and Graduate Students' Association of
Concordia will hold joint General Assemblies to for the day of action,
which would begin effective immediately.
"Concordia's senior management and Board of Governors have violated the
public trust. The very people trusted with the stewardship of our
institution have steadily guided students toward an increasing debt
load, a destabilized and leaderless campus environment, and a lack of
community faith in the value of our academic work," reads a statement
by the event organizers.
Major administrative reforms are necessary and the chairman of the Board
of Governors, Peter Kruyt, should heed unanimous opposition from the
university senate and faculty. He must step down, plain and simple.
The Charest government is also introducing steep increases to tuition
fees. The exact increase remains to be determined, but some estimates
suggest tuition may rise from $2,000 to $5,000 per year, effectively destroying the prospect of accessible
education. A study commissioned by the Ministry of Education itself has
found that this scenario would deter about 50 000 Quebec students from
This comes in the midst of international student fee deregulation in
many Concordia programs, with 17 to 50 per cent increases in 2009 that
were introduced with no warning to newly arrived students.
This is all part of the Charest government's exit strategy from the
economic crisis, effectively shifting the crisis into public hands. Not
only will Quebec residents have to pay a $200 health care fee, which
will place major strains on our growing senior population, but
electricity fees are also going up. We can expect more of the same with
the upcoming 2011 budget, and we want to send a clear message to Quebec
City, Mr. Charest and opposition leader Pauline Marois that enough is
In this spirit, we are holding a university-wide Day of Action on
Valentine's Day, February 14 at 11:00 a.m. Join us on the love train!
Press Conference: 11 a.m. Monday February 14, 2090 Mackay Street.
SOURCE CONCORDIA STUDENT UNION
For further information:
Matthew Brett (communications coordinator)
Heather Lucas (CSU president, English spokesperson)
ErikChevrier (Graduate spokesperson, English)
George Alexander (CSU French and English spokesperson)