MONTREAL, Oct. 23, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Eight student associations
representing over 100,000 students at the four universities in Montreal
are asking candidates to state their positions on universal student
fares for mass transit. Less than two weeks before the municipal
elections, the ADEESE, AEENAP, AeESG, AECSP, AEP, CSU, FAÉCUM and PGSS
have joined forces to ask mayoral candidates for a clear commitment to
student fares for all full-time Montreal students.
The associations also want candidates to abolish the age limit for
reduced STM fares set at 25. They point out that implementing the
change would promote greater use of mass transit and would put an end
to a practice that arbitrarily doubles the cost of public transit for
students aged 26 and over, when their status has not changed.
In addition, the eight associations are calling for clarification from
the candidates for Mayor regarding the issue of mass transit fares for
students and seniors. Responding to comments in the media, the
associations want candidates to agree not to abolish the reduced rates
for Montreal students and seniors. The associations feel that the move
would only serve to weaken Montreal populations that are already
After holding numerous debates, lunchtime talks and information
sessions, followed up with press releases, the student associations are
now working to mobilize their members in advance of the November 3rd municipal elections. A number of initiatives are in the planning,
including a mass email campaign reminding students that they can vote
at advance polls on October 27th from noon to 8:00 p.m. They can also go to the election offices of
their borough to vote in advance on October 25th, 28th and 29th from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and October 30th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The eight associations represent over 100,000 students attending
Montreal's four universities. They are: the Association des étudiantes
et des étudiants de la faculté des sciences de l'Éducation de l'UQAM
(ADEESE), the Association des étudiants de l'École nationale
d'Administration publique (AEENAP), the Association des étudiant(e)s de
l'école des sciences de la gestion (AeESG), the Association des
étudiants des cycles supérieurs de Polytechnique (AECSP), the
Association des Étudiants de Polytechnique (AEP), the Concordia Student
Union (CSU), the Fédération des associations étudiantes du campus de
l'Université de Montréal (FAÉCUM) and McGill's Post-Graduate Students'
SOURCE: Fédération des associations étudiantes du campus de l'Université de Montréal
ADEESE: 514-987-3527, AEENAP: 514-849-3811, AeESG: 514-987-4611, AECSP: 514-340-4905, AEP: 514-340-4747, CSU: 514-848-7474, PGSS: 514-398-3756.