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A few hundred demonstrators walk to a hotel Saturday, May 5, 2012 where the Quebec Liberal Party is meeting in Victoriaville, Quebec. (Jacques Boissinot/THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot/THE CANADIAN PRESS)
A few hundred demonstrators walk to a hotel Saturday, May 5, 2012 where the Quebec Liberal Party is meeting in Victoriaville, Quebec. (Jacques Boissinot/THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Students' fee fears shared across the country Add to ...

The Quebec student strike has been portrayed largely as an issue gripping only that province. Yet a survey of 2,200 globeandmail.com readers between May 2 and 7 shows that students across Canada share a similar anxiety over rising tuition fees.

About 62 per cent of postsecondary students said they would join a similar strike in their own province; 32 per cent said they would not, while 5.9 per cent were undecided. Ontario students, whose undergraduate tuition fees – currently the highest in Canada – were frozen for two years by self-styled education Premier Dalton McGuinty, are among the most agitated.Sixty-nine per cent said they would strike to oppose a raise in tuition. Students from Alberta – whose undergraduate tuition fees are also above the Canadian average – are much less inclined to take action, with only 22 per centsaying they would strike.

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Meanwhile, students across the country were evenly split, at 47 per cent, between those who found Quebec’s tuition fees excessive and those who said they were not.



Tamara Baluja

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