Blaming the Victims: Quebec Students
Last month, I bloggedÂ about a major new report on the living conditions of Quebec undergraduate students.Â Â The report’s findings include the fact thatÂ 50% of full-time undergraduate students in Quebec report living on less $12,200 per year.
On the heels of that report’s release comes the news that the Conference of Rectors and Principals of Quebec Universities (CREPUQ), which lobbies on behalf of senior university administrators,Â is calling for a 70% increase in tuition fees in Quebec, to take place over the next three years.
CREPUQ’s stated rationale is twofold: 1) Quebec’s universities are underfunded; and 2) tuition in Quebec (for Quebec residents)Â isÂ considerably lower than in the rest of Canada.
(God helps us if Quebec’s crime rate everÂ falls considerably below the Canadian average.Â Using the logic of senior university administrators, the provincial governmentÂ would be encouraged to fund more street gangs in Montreal.)
I find it regretful that, in light of theÂ lowÂ living standards for Quebec students, CREPUQ would advocate in favour of higher user fees forÂ students.
Nick Falvo is a Calgary-based research consultant with a PhD in Public Policy. He has academic affiliation at both Carleton University and Case Western Reserve University, and is Section Editor of the Canadian Review of Social Policy/Revue canadienne de politique sociale. You can check out his website here: https://nickfalvo.ca/.