Jennifer Braun | Social Media Coordinator
Concordia students were among the thousands that took to the streets of Montreal to protest tuition fee hikes on Nov. 10. They voted on Nov. 3 to strike on the 10th and join the protest to fight the tuition hike. The Jean Charest Government declared a tuition fee increase of a total of 1,625 dollars within the next five years in Quebec with yearly increments of 325 dollars.
Concordia students met at Reggies, the university bar, on the morning of Nov. 10, and then marched on St. Catherine Street till Berri St. There they joined thousands of students, teachers and others, and continued their protest to Premier Jean Charest’s office on McGill College Ave.
Among the thousands who showed up to protest their reasons for attending varied. Some were concerned about graduating with a large amount of student debt. Others were worried that the increase might discourage people from enrolling in a university.
Dawson College student Farah Noun came to the protest for “her right to an education,” she explained. Noun was not completely convinced that the protest would make a difference. However “The more people that show up the bigger the impact will be,” Farah said. She added that “we can’t just stand around and not try. We need to stand for something.”
Concordia student Peter Keroloun was concerned with what the new funds would be going towards. “Are we going to pay more and get the same education,” Kerouloun questioned.
jhr executive interviewed Concordia University professor Felix Von Geyer at the protest. Von Geyer wished students good luck to try to beat the tuition fee hike. He believes that “politicians and imaginations should try and get together because students should not have to pay for an education.” “It compromises the quality of education,” Von Geyer added.