Quebec Students Protest Started Over Tuition Hikes
It was University Students in Quebec who raised the profile of challenges facing students seeking post secondary education.
Tuition hikes ignited the protests but costs for living accomodation, books, clothing and food combine to increase the overall burden.
The protests grew, morphed into a much wider display of opposition and led to the former Premier Jean Charest calling an election.
Turns out he misread the depth of voter disatisfaction as he lost the election and his own seat in Sherbrooke as well.
It is time to rethink education and commit to investing in
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While the pots and pans are on a summer hiatus, the ground-breaking Quebec student protest movement is visiting an Ontario university near you. Representatives of CLASSE, Quebec’s largest student federation, and other activists have embarked on a tour of ten Ontario universities.
The nine-day Quebec-Ontario Student Solidarity Tour, funded by the Canadian Federation of Students, kicked off at the University of Ottawa on Thursday.
Click here for tour events and times.
Expect to meet some of the familiar faces of the movement, including: Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, co-spokesperson for CLASSE, Marianne Breton Fontaine, a grassroots student activist and independent journalist
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Below is a statement of solidarity with the ongoing Quebec student protests from Chilean academics and student leaders. (English translation via Translating The Revolution.) We Are All Québécois! We the undersigned, Chilean academics and student leaders, denounce to national and … Continue reading →
Anarchopanda meets the Socialist Squirrel!
The Quebec Student Protests is the most unnecessarily protracted protest in recent memory.
This isn’t about whether or not you think the Charest government is acting in a corrupt, rigid and oppressive manner nor is it about whether or not you think the protesters are enfants-rois that seek to bankrupt the province for its egoistical self-interests.
The Charest government’s passage of Bill 78 was supposed to return order to Montreal’s streets. But last night, the Globe and Mail reports,
The scenes in Montreal unfolded during a tense late-night march that, on several occasions, saw riot police use tear gas and protesters throw bottles and rocks.
Student protesters were joined by others spilling out of bars and clubs.
Together, they built the fires and cheered as the flames lit up the streets and sent plumes of black smoke billowing into the night sky.
The protests have morphed into something much bigger than a protest against rising tuition
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… then she reverted back to being a bitch, but almost, I almost agreed with her.
The article in question is her piece in the Globe about Quebec’s student protests, the militant CLASSE group, and the “future baristas” of the Canadian job market that apparently make up these protests. Wente is right in the sense that the protests going on in Quebec are pretty much useless, fronts for militantly left-wing students who are protesting against an increase in fees that will take Quebec from being the region with the lowest tuition fees on the continent, to the region with
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