Charest Lacks Mandate to Increase Tuition Fees

    MONTREAL, April 24 /CNW Telbec/ - According to media reports, the Quebec
Liberals have opened the door for higher tuition fees at universities in
Quebec. This decision comes despite strong support for the tuition fee freeze
and a vastly diminished mandate for the Premier.
    "Jean Charest clearly hasn't learned his lesson from the recent
election," said Margaret Carlyle, Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of
Students-Quebec. "The results show that the people of Quebec have lost
confidence in Charest and his policies. He has no mandate to reduce the
affordability of Quebec's universities."
    In March, most Quebec voters rejected Premier Jean Charest's Liberals and
elected a minority government. Since then, no debate has taken place in
Quebec's National Assembly about the tuition fee freeze. Although polling
shows that a solid majority of Quebeckers (60%) support the tuition fee
freeze, a handful of university presidents have recently called on the Premier
to remove the regulations in place to protect Quebec families from tuition fee
    "Jean Charest should be listening to Quebec families, not a handful of
elitist university presidents," concluded Carlyle.
    Decades of frozen tuition fees have ensured that university fees in
Quebec are less than half the Canadian average.

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For further information: please contact: Margaret Carlyle, Chairperson,
cell: (514) 995-7741; George Soule, Organiser, cell: (514) 969-2377

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