(eng) More on Quebec Student Strikes

Jesse Hirsh (jesse@tao.ca)
Thu, 14 Nov 1996 14:44:50 -0500 (EST)


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Date: Tue, 12 Nov 1996 23:11:31 EST
From: RUNIONS,ERIN MAE,MS <BBIC@MUSICB.MCGILL.CA>
To: Multiple recipients of list CFS-NGC <CFS-NGC@VM1.MCGILL.CA>
Subject: Re[2]: Quebec update

I can't remember what exactly I wrote previously, so if any of this
is repeat I apologize.

There are now close to 25 CEGEPS on strike. All but one in the Quebec
city region are on strike. Even the English CEGEPS in Montreal are
going for strike mandates.

The demands of the student strikers in Quebec are as follows:
1. Stop the cuts to Education
2. Reverse Recent changes to the loans and bursaries programs
(whereby to be eligible you must study within Quebec, or outside
of Quebec in French, also the number of terms students are eligible
has decreased from 8 to 7 ).
3. Abolish the Cote R. (This new system takes uses an averaging
formula to determine eligibility for university which factors in
the individual student's average, their college average, AND the
average highschool grades of the students in the college. This means
that some students who may have personal averages of over 90% yet
come from a CEGEP where highschool grades were low, *absolutely
cannot* get into university, because their Cote R is too low. This
new formula is interpreted by student activists as a deliberate
means of limiting university enrollment. It is also the first time
that socio-economic location has been factored into university entrance
requirements, since CEGEPS in lower-income brackets tend to have lower
highschool averages).
4. Maintain the Freeze on Tuition in Quebec
5. Ban administrative fees in colleges and universities.

Last week local 79 voted to hold a GM in conjunction with the
undergrads for a oneday strike mandate. However, the undergrad
council (SSMU), voted against holding it in conjunction with
PGSS (too much democracy or something), so we will be holding our
meetings separately. I will also be meeting with the McGill action
committee, and other concerned groups of undergrads, to help
strategize for more radical actions. This Thursday is "occupation"
day, next Wed, there will be a province wide demonstration, and the
following day members of the MDE will be holding a popular university
on the streets of downtown Montreal.

This movement is really amazing, people seem to be pulling together,
though I must admit it makes me very sad to see the dominant student
groups taking credit for a movement that must properly be attributed
to the initiation, and hard ground work of the MDE.

let me know if you need more info still. --erin runions, local 79