Tuition hike protesters target young Liberals
Starting next year students will be paying $325 more per year, every year for the next five years.
That doesn't sit well with students, who believe that higher education should be entirely free.
"We think it's the only way to make it accessible to everyone, for us education is not an expense, it's an investment to the whole society," said Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, student demonstrator.
Students now pay about $2,415 a year while the Canadian average is $5,138 per year.
That gap will be narrowed in upcoming years as fees eventually rise to just over $4,000 a year in 2017.
Another said that the higher fees will result in big debts.
"For a philosopher and sociologist such as myself, or people who study in social work, it's hard to work for the small grassroots organizations because you have these huge tuition fees you have to pay back," said Frank Levesque-Nicol, a student at UQAM.
The Lennoxville protest was aimed at the Young Liberals, who were holding a convention at which most are supporting their party's tuition hikes.
"There is a way you can raise tuition fees to get a competitive post secondary system and at the same time put on measure that protect the accessibility such as loans and bursaries for example," said Marie-Pier Isabelle, President of the Quebec Young Liberals.
The protesters have been holding weekend tenting protests outside the Education Minister's office in a Quebec City and are expected to continue with many more as the school season begins.