Useful Documents for Understanding the Strike

Here is a quick list of some useful resources regarding the tuition hikes, the economic  restructuring surrounding, and its effects on society at large. Some have better sourcing methods than others, so of course we encourage you to be critical of the claims. None the less, they are good references if you are unclear about the position of students who support the strike.

It is important to note that the tuition increase ($$ paid by students) is only one issue in the Charest university funding plan that is being opposed by the strike. Financial mismanagement, commodification of education and public subsidization of private research are some of the other issues that are not currently being discussed in the media.

Resource Documents:

8 Misleading Arguments for the Hikes (pdf)
Produced by the Institut de recherche et d’informations socio-économiques. A very well-researched and referenced booklet. Version français disponible ici.

Why should we strike? 23 Answers for Students (pdf)
This document by Free Education Montreal tries to explain the context of student strikes in Quebec.  There are some citations but they rely on some ideological reasoning in their arguments. If you are looking to understand the perspective of the striking students, this is a good start.

GSA Guide to Tuition Hikes (site)
The GSA site has an amazing page synthesizing a variety of different sources! It also summarizes some of the key points in the documents linked here. Really worth the read if you are looking for more specific data from reliable sources.

A Fair and Balanced University Funding Plan (pdf)
This is the actual name original document from Charest’s offices.  When trying to understand the strike, why not go to the source of the conflict?  In is interesting to note how specific some sections are compared with others. (PDF version française disponible sur le site web du Ministère des finances)

We hope to have a few copies of these documents printed and available to students at our info stations.

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