Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois and Students Stand in Opposition to the Minister of Education

Montreal, May 25, 2018 – Student representatives from the Quebec Student Union (QSU) and the Quebec Confederation for Engineering Student Outreach (QCESO), Guillaume Lecorps and Wendy Vasquez, joined the spokesperson for Québec Solidaire, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, to press the Minister of Higher Education, Hélène David, to withdraw her proposal to deregulate tuition fees for international students.

This proposal was originally announced as part of the reforms to Quebec’s financing model for universities last week. Approximately 6,400 students who’ve come to study from outside Canada would be affected by this measure.

“This new policy won’t just be affecting international students. In reality, Quebec’s regions are also being asked to pay for this decision. By completely deregulating these fees, the government will inevitably be creating an atmosphere of competition that will prove untenable for the regions. Instead of converting international students into cash cows for large urban universities, we need a real vision for international students that will serve to enrich all of Quebec’s regions,” declared Nadeau-Dubois.

“The Minister had even taken a positive step this summer, when she put in place a budget directive limiting the remuneration of university rectors. Her decision to suddenly reverse directions leaves us with the impression that favours are being exchanged, allowing university presidents to engage in an unbridled competition over the recruitment of international students,” he added.

“International students will be hard hit by the financing policy being put forward by Minister David. This deregulation will undermine regional universities, enrich a handful of institutions in Montreal, and increase the number of courses being given in English among our Francophone universities,” stated Guillaume Lecorps, President of the QSU.

“The government wants us to believe that a deregulation of fees will allow universities to lower tuition. Yet, our experience with the deregulation that began in 2008 has shown us how false that is. McGill is already charging its international engineering students twice as much as the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue. With the new financing formula, this source of funding will no longer be shared among universities to help reduce inequalities in the network,” concluded Wendy Vasquez, President of the QCESO.

For further information:

Camila Rodriguez-Cea | Québec solidaire

438-882-1275 – camila@quebecsolidaire.net