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Joël-Denis Bellavance & Martin Croteau June 19, 2012
Original French Text:
(Ottawa) The Conservative government has made a grand gesture to defend Quebec’s right to have adopted Law 78, a measure aimed at stifling the student conflict. What’s more, the conservatives are challenging opposition parties to follow its lead. Stephen Harper’s lieutenant in Quebec, Christian Paradis, introduced a motion to this effect a few minutes after entering the House of Commons on Thursday.
“This Chamber recognizes the right of Quebec’s duly elected National Assembly to adopt laws, like Law 78, within its areas of jurisdiction”, stipulates the motion. Christian Paradis is also the Minister of Industry.
This decision comes 24 hours after Quebec and Ottawa had each had to brush off criticism from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. In a long discourse on the state of human rights on Monday, Navi Pillay said he was “dissappointed” over the Charest government’s adoption of a law restricting the right to protest.
Josée Legault May 31, 2012
Original French Text: http://voir.ca/chroniques/voix-publique/2012/05/30/et-maintenant-on-va-ou/
Many are asking this question. And now, where do we go? We do what with this unexpected and heaven-sent revival of public debate that emerged from the longest student strike in our history?
If it is too soon to say, an important clue is becoming apparent. We find it in the “street” taken for weeks, confusing all generations, by the hundreds of thousands of Quebeckers otherwise disengaged from public discourse for years.
The tuition hikes served as the starting point. The catalyst was the totality of the work of the Charest government and its law 78, the straw that broke the camel’s back.