Montreal Under Protest – The “Students” vs. The “Grownups”

Montreal Under Protest – The “Students” vs. The “Grownups”

Students have been protesting the scheduled tuition hike since it was announced in March of 2011.  They have organized marches involving hundreds of thousands of people.  So why has Montreal become so hostile to their message?  Are they fighting for something worthwhile, or simply whining about the increase because they’re used to being so spoiled? ****************** In the beginning I was very skeptical.   I attended university in the U.S., saddled with student loans up to my and my parents’ eyeballs, and the idea of Quebec students protesting a relatively small tuition increase to the lowest tuition in North America seemed rather absurd.  After all, I paid far more in one year than any of them will pay for their entire education.  Who were they kidding? And I had statistics on my side – that well-timed press release that Quebec students were only actually paying 12% of the cost of their education.  Only 12%? Seriously? Many of us – parents, job-holders…the ‘grown-ups’ – had a hard time seeing these student protesters as much more than spoiled, self-entitled kids who just didn’t want to go to class. After all, shouldn’t students have to foot some part of the bill? If it’s free – if they have no stake in it – how can we expect they will take it seriously?  We worked for our educations, so who do they think they are complaining about tuition while they march down St. Catherine Street in their $800 Canada Goose jackets? Get a job. Problem solved. Much to the glee of Mr. Charest, the arguments and condemnation continued to pile up.  People I know who hardly...
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