MONTREAL, Feb. 23, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The Fédération des associations
étudiantes du campus de l'Université de Montréal expressed dismay at
the news that the Mouvement des étudiants socialement responsables du
Québec (MESRQ) - supposedly made up of "neutral students" - is in fact
led by Liberal militants, and called for Minister Line Beauchamp to
condemn this subterfuge. "After discovering false Twitter accounts
opened by Liberal militants and learning that the Minister bought
student associations' names on Google and sent letters to professors
asking them to cross picket lines, we now find out that a group of
'neutral students' is in fact led by militants belonging to her party!
No more deception - that's enough!" proclaimed an outraged Stéfanie
Tougas, FAÉCUM secretary general.
While this organization, headed up by the vice-president of
CJPLQ-Montréal's political committee, tries to fool the Québec media
through the use of public forums, FAÉCUM reiterated that it wishes to
see debates about the student strike take place in a calm and honest
atmosphere, with respect for divergent opinions. "We need to look at
how some people with a hidden agenda are trying to depict student
democracy at Université de Montréal," warned StéfanieTougas.
FAÉCUM believes that the Minister has a duty to speak out against
Liberal militants who use tactics of this sort and whose aim is to
deceive the media and all Quebecers. "The Minister should condemn this
type of dishonest practice - otherwise, we will take her silence to
mean encouragement of what they're doing. While we disagree with the
drastic tuition fee hike she has announced, we want to express our
agreement that this debate should be conducted without lying to
Quebecers," asserted Stéfanie Tougas.
For over 35 years, the Fédération des associations étudiantes du campus
de l'Université de Montréal (FAÉCUM) has been defending and promoting
students' academic, political, social and economic rights and
interests. Encompassing 82 student associations that represent 37,000
members, FAÉCUM is the largest student campus association in Quebec.
SOURCE Fédération des associations étudiantes du campus de l'Université de Montréal
For further information:
Political attaché, FAÉCUM