Student Associations Blink First

Blog, Education, Peter McCaffrey

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a radio piece about the tuition fee protests going on Quebec.

Surprisingly, it looks like the student associations have blinked first in this particular stand-off:

Leaders of the province’s three main student associations could meet the province’s education minister as early as Monday.

Martine Désjardins, a leader for one of the groups, says both sides must be prepared to compromise for the crisis to come to an end.

Another student leader, Léo Bureau-Blouin, made headlines Saturday when he told CBC Radio he would be willing to accept some form of tuition increase.

Bureau-Blouin tried to clarify in an interview later in the day, saying the students are willing to make adjustments if the government is prepared to do so as well.

It will be interesting to see if anything comes of the new discussions. I’ve seen my fair share of student protests, and student associations aren’t particularly known for their ability to compromise.