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La Presse Canadienne August 13, 2012
As classes resume this week in some colleges and votes to resume classes continue to take place, Quebec Solidaire (QS) calls for free education from kindergarten to university.
In Gatineau, the co-spokesperson Françoise David also confirmed on Monday that his government would repeal Law 12, born out of bill 78, starting September 5. QS would also give amnesty to all persons charged in connection with this law.
According to Ms. David, there is no alternative to revolve the student conflict but to introduce free education.
Michel Corbeil August 2, 2012
Photo caption: Wednesday, on the very night the election was launched, the leader of the Liberal party of Quebec was welcomed in the riding of Taschereau by a small group of opponents who tapped on casseroles for several long minutes. Credit: La Presse Canadienne
Now that demonstrations against his government are back and louder than ever, Jean Charest has challenged other party leaders to condemn any violent act on the part of protesters.
The incumbent premier took advantage of a meeting with the media on the morning of Thursday, August 2, to make his appeal. A journalist with TVA asked him for a comment on the fact that his office had been targeted by demonstrators. He retorted that he saw it as “an affair that troubled me greatly.”
Marc Allard and Annie Mathieu July 3, 2012
Caption: Belgian student Thomas Prédour tried to approach Jean Charest to offer him a red square at the reception Monday night. Photo: Le Soleil, Yan Doublet
(Quebec City) Two Belgian participants at the international Forum on French language were pushed by one of Jean Charest’s bodyguards Monday night.
During a reception, around 7 p.m., Mathias Bressan was blocked by a bodyguard when he tried to offer a red square to the Premier. His colleague, Thomas Prédour, told the media yesterday that he then took back the red square and attempted to “discuss” with the Premier.
Annie Mathieu July 3, 2012
CAPTION: Thomas Prédour is one of the two Belgians who, called by the student conflict, distributed red squares at the International forum for the French language (Forum mondial de la langue française). Photo: LE SOLEIL, ERICK LABBÉ
(Québec) In addition to wearing it, two members of the Belgian delegation to the International forum for the French language undertook the distribution of the felted red square, the symbol of the student struggle in the province, to the delegates participating in the event. The young residents of Brussels also want to show their solidarity with Quebeckers “in a peaceful manner”.
Aged 30 and 32 respectively, Thomas Prédour and Mathias Bressan were called to by the student conflict and the echoes that they had in their country. But it’s when they met the spokesperson for the Fédération étudiante collégiale du Québec, Éliane Laberge, on Monday that they had the idea of pinning a red square to their clothing and to have them distributed.
Michel Lemay June 9, 2011
Since 1995 the province of Quebec has granted between 75 and 120 billion dollars in subsidies to corporations according to different studies. After the “Yes” campaign defeat of 1995, Lucien Bouchard becomes Premier and installs the neo-liberal agenda of the Parti Québecois (PQ) along with it’s slogan “zero deficit”. The role of the state changes drastically and social-democracy takes a hit. Replaced by Bernard Landry, the state positions itself more and more like the milk cow of the great corporations, not under the guarantee of bank loans or loans from the Caisse de dépot, but from grants directly and indirectly given along with tax credits. Without knowing, the tax payer will pay a good portion of the salaries to Ubisoft, CGI, IBM, GM, Vidéotron and Olymel of this world…Most Québecois have no knowledge that they pay between 60 and 65% of research salaries for the great pharmaceutical companies, which resells the medications to us at a high price.
Young People Were Excluded
by SARAH-MAUDE LEFEBVRE
Published in the Journal de Montréal, Thursday May 31, 22:44
Original French Text: http://www.journaldemontreal.com/2012/05/31/les-jeunes-ont-ete-exclus
Two polls on the Special Law Bill 78 published in the Le Soleil and La Presse dailies underrepresented those aged 18-24. This caused an “important distortion” in the poll’s results.
Certain observers and polling experts, like Pierre Drouilly of l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and blogger-reporter Jean-François Lisée, have in turn criticised the methods used by the polling firm CROP to survey the population about Bill 78.
In the poll, published May 26, only 3% of respondents were aged 18 to 24, whereas that age group represents 11% of the overall population, according to Statistics Canada. This proportion was also present in the poll undertaken the previous week, according to Mr. Lisée.
Simon Boivin May 29, 2012 Le Soleil
(Québec) The student leaders unanimously denounce the massive arrests made Monday by the Québec police opposite the very building where negotiations are taking place.
“These arrests are arbitrary, almost random,” objected Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois of CLASSE. “The Québec police are starting to develop the very bad habit of carrying out mass arrests during peaceful protests.”
The president of FEUQ, Martine Desjardins, who wondered Monday on her twitter feed whether it was a question of “political arrests”, finds it strange that they took place so close to the building where talks are taking place.
Richard Therrien May 25, 2012
Pro-students accuse the media of giving too much of a voice to the police representatives as well as showing the same images of violence, over and over. On the other hand, the anti-strike group considers RDI as too obliging with the students and thinks too much airtime is given to the demonstrations. LCN too much to the right? RDI too much to the left?
Who is right in this debate that, actually, touches all medias? This is an inevitable debate in this period of crisis that divides the population like never before. One thing is certain: numbers of listeners of 24-hour media outlets have exploded in the last few weeks, with RDI leading LCN in surveys. Although complaining, people are still watching.
RDI director, Luce Julien, confirms having received an unusually high number of complaints during the last weeks. “I do not remember such heated discussion on one topic since the referendum of 1995. It is reflected in the complaints we receive. Interviews are criticized almost equally by both sides.”
However, she remains firm: RDI offers a just and fair coverage of the crisis. “We do not adopt a position. RDI’s main mission is to cover events as they happen. A secondary goal is to explore subjects further. RDI has managed this “tour de force”, in particular with programs such as 24 heures en 60 minutes. Julien fights back accusations that RDI favors images that show violence.
An alternative to traditional news outlets, Concordia University’s ConcordiaCUTVmontreal.ca is the media revelation of this conflict. Founded two years ago, it attracts up to 100,000 Internet users daily according to Station Manager, Laura Kneale. Clearly pro-students, CUTV comments, moment by moment, the evolution of the demonstrations and provides more direct images than RDI and LCN.