Students Outraged at Deregulation of Tuition Fees - Canadian Federation of Students - Quebec

    MONTREAL, Sept. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - Students are outraged at the Minister
of Education's announcement that tuition fees for international students
studying in most university faculties will be completely deregulated. This is
another example of the Charest government's abandonment of its responsibility
to provide high quality and affordable post-secondary education. Deregulation
will pave the way for massive tuition fee increases that will put an
incredible burden on the thousands of international students already studying
in Quebec and put a university education out of reach for many more.
    "The Charest Government's policy of offering billion dollar tax cuts
while slashing funding and downloading the responsibility of paying for our
universities onto students is flat out wrong for Quebec," said Noah Stewart,
Quebec spokesperson for the Canadian Federation of Students. "This policy
shows a complete disregard for the economic, social and cultural contributions
that international students make to our society."
    Over the past decade tuition fees for international students have
skyrocketed. Students coming from outside of Canada now pay seven hundred and
fifty percent more than those coming from Quebec.
    "Students are calling on the Minister to reverse this short sighted
decision and stop picking on Quebec's most vulnerable students," added
Mr. Stewart. "Deregulation will undoubtedly lead to international students
choosing to study elsewhere, costing Quebec greatly."

    The Canadian Federation of Students is Canada's largest student
organisation. It is composed of over 80 university and college students'
associations across the country with a combined membership of over one-half
million students including over 55,000 students in Québec.

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For further information: Noah Stewart, (514) 799 7656

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