"Nothing is working anymore in Quebec City."
So began the report on Radio-Canada (French language CBC) regarding the collapse of negotiations between the Quebec government and the four associations of post-secondary students on strike. At 7pm on Thursday evening, Minister of Education Michelle Courchesne walked out of the talks.
Both sides held press conferences following the collapse. The government explained the sole, effective offer it made (varying only in form) over the four days of talks - to reduce its proposed hike in tuition fees by $35 to $219 for each of the coming seven years and to also reduce proportionately tax credits available to students and their families.