For the past few months, Quebec university and CEGEP students have been protesting the Quebec government’s plan to increase university tuiton by $325 a year for the next five years. For the past few weeks, there’ve been protests almost daily in Montreal and QuÃ©bec City. And this week, the protests will ramp up even more, in anticipation of the provincial budget, which is expected to be released today. More than 100,000 students across the province are on strike, either with a limited or unlimited mandate, and some classes have been suspended (especially at CEGEPs, where most of the students who’re on a unlimited strike are enrolled). There’ve been confrontations with the police (a student has lost an eye from shrapnel from a flash grenade police used to disperse a crowd), and things are generally tense.
I can clearly remember a phone call I had with my mom five years ago, when I was still a junior in college. She was telling me the great news that she was getting promoted from an on-call mail route carrier to a permanent position but I begged her to not take it. “Please, just stay poor for a few more months so I can get financial aid for school,” I said. Read More Middle Class Dreams: A College Education