Finance Minister Raymond Bachand's announcement became a flash-point for thousands of students, who balked at the $325 tuition raise.
Over the next five years, the total increase would amount to an extra $1,625. Even so, the total tuition would keep the province's rates among the lowest in the country. That's become a popular refrain among government officials, looking to define the protest as simply tuition outrage. In May, the Jean Charest government ushered in sweeping emergency measures -- the much-reviled Bill 78 -- to counter swelling street protests.
But, as HuffPost Quebec readers pointed out, the trouble in Quebec runs much deeper than a tuition hike.
Now, we turn to our HuffPost Quebec bloggers who have been grappling with this crucial question at a turning point in the province's history.