Quebec Student Group Will Now Push for Zero Tuition

Ben Eisen, Blog, Commentary, Education, Quebec

The Toronto Star reported over the weekend that CLASSE, one of the largest student groups in Quebec, will be pushing for the outright elimination of tuition in the province now that the proposed Charest tuition increases have been taken off the table.

This development was recently predicted by Frontier’s Peter McCaffrey, who wrote in the SUN chain of newspapers (and elsewhere) that Quebec student groups would be likely to move the goalposts further if the modest planned tuition rises were cancelled.

Zero tuition might sound nice to some, but as I wrote in April, it is a wasteful policy that does little to nothing in terms of enhancing access and starves institutions of the revenue that they need to function effectively.