FECQ and FEUQ operate according to the principles of representative democracy.
It represented the first local organizations to take the plunge in February, three weeks before FECQ and FEUQ officially joined the movement.
ASSE was in fact already considering striking against the tuition increase when, in May 2011, it took the initiative of organizing a national student rally at Universite Laval, aimed at building alliances between its local associations and those of FECQ, FEUQ and TaCEQ.
They denounced the call by the FEUQ and FECQ for a simple return of the $103 million as focusing solely on the numbers and not on the deeper issues of accessible, publicly funded education.
In its negotiations with the FEUQ, the Charest Liberals indicated that the money was just as likely to be spent on tax cuts or on building new roads.