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Pauline Marois scraps tuition fee hikes first day on the job

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Newly elected Quebec premier Pauline Marois wasted no time in scrapping former Liberal government policies. Marois cancelled tuition fee increases and repealed a law restricting public demonstrations.

The Liberal plan to increase tuition fees sparked a four-month period of social unrest throughout the province last spring. This is a historic day, said Martine Desjardins, head of one of the province’s university student federations.

For Marois, cancelling tuition hikes and repealing the controversial law banning demonstrations is a step to restoring peace and re-establishing rights and freedoms.

Her next move will be to hold a summit on higher education. Everything will be on the table, said Marois, including the possibility of tuition-free universities.

With files from The Globe and Mail