Quebec’s premier Jean Charest said he suspended negotiations with university students aimed at ending weeks of protests over proposed tuition hikes, a development that could lead to a long summer of demonstrations and clashes with police.
Charest said Thursday the talks reached an impasse and a huge gap remains after four days of talks. Charest said there will be an election in the French-speaking province within 18 months and that it will be “up to the silent majority to express itself.”
Student leaders said Quebec’s education minister stepped away from the table, saying it wasn’t politically possible to reach an agreement. One student leader called for more street protests and said he planned a large rally in Montreal for Saturday.