Canadian Federation of Students - Ontario chairperson, Sandy Hudson speaks at the media studio at Queen's Park in Toronto on Friday May 25, 2012. To the left is Ontario Public Service Employees Union, Benoit Dupuis and on the right York University student Xavier Lafrance .
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TORONTO -- Ontario students are planning to take to the streets in solidarity with the students on strike in Quebec.
A group of students and staff confirmed Friday at a Queen's Park news conference that they're planning a rally for June 5.
"The most important thing we can do in Ontario to support the struggle in Quebec is to bring the spirit of democracy and activism into the province of Ontario," student and activist Xavier Lafrance said. "The spirit is in the air. (Premier Dalton) McGuinty needs to be aware that it can and will happen in Ontario."
The creation of a Student Solidarity Network in Ontario was also announced. The network, created Thursday night by a group of student, faculty and community activists, supports the stand Quebec students are taking against tuition hikes and "condemns the oppressive laws" Quebec has set in place towards the protest.
The group is calling on the provincial government to lower tuition costs, stating that since 2006, fees have gone up by as much as 71%. In comparison, they pointed to the fact that Quebec's students are opposing a 75% tuition hike.
"We have to turn back what has happened here in Ontario," said Sandy Hudson, chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students - Ontario.