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Philippe Teisceira-Lessard May 25, 2012
Minister Bachand welcomed the casserole protests Friday as a creative and festive means to make an opinion heard without harming the tourist image of the metropolis. PHOTO CREDIT: Robert Skinner, Archives La Presse
The Finance Minister Raymon Bachand welcomed the casserole protests Friday as a creative and festive means to make an opinion heard without harming the tourist image of the metropolis.
Participating in a business conference, Minister Bachand seemed delighted to see protests that don’t finish “in violence and destruction” like has “always” been the case for the past month.
“I welcome the creativity, because the festive character of Montrealers is found there and that, I think that that is important”, he confirmed to La Presse.
According to him, those who take part in such very peaceful marches are “people who love Montreal like I love Montreal” and who “want to protest and have the right to”.
Mr. Bachand did not, however, want to say if these spontaneous protests were illegal or not by virtue of bill 78, adopted last Friday by his government.
“I will not make a legal interpretation”, he said, limiting his explanation.
Translated from the original French by Translating the printemps érable.
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