Summit on higher education
After having opposed herself to the increases in tuition fees proposed by the liberal party, which led to the student protest movement, the head of the Parti Québécois committed herself, during the September 2012 election campaign, to hold a summit that would allow for the resolution of the stalemate around the funding of higher education.
This promise was kept and the Summit on Higher Education was organised for February 25-26 2013, a year after the major protest event on March 22nd 2012. It brought together over 250 people, including representatives of the FEUQ and of the TaCEQ, which the SSMU belonged to at that time. The ASSE chose to boycott the summit, believing that with the limited preparation and barely two days of deliberations, the summit would not prompt a real reflection on the future of higher education in Quebec.
Despite the implementation of five projects (framework-law for universities, Conseil national des universités, offer on college training, university funding policy, student financial aid), the outputs of which are still contested today, the summit did not truly yield the results expected by student representatives. This was largely due to the fact that the summit ended with the indexing of tuition fees at 3%.
On its side, the SSMU maintained a rather sceptical position before and during the summit. The main critiques expressed by the former VP External, Robin Reid-Fraser, focussed on the lack of precise objectives and mandate, the minimal information concerning decision-making processes, the absence of many voices such as those of non-affiliated student associations, the choice of the timing, and the formula used. Above all, the meetings that took place during the Summit did not allow for the underlying issues of the role of higher education in the Quebec education system and the redefining of universities’ missions for future generations to be addressed.
 Voir AEGUL Laval, Document de référence pour le sommet sur l'éducation