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Isabelle Porter - June 4 2012
Original French Text: http://www.ledevoir.com/politique/quebec/351613/le-point-limite-est-atteint
The founder of Génération d’idées fears that the student movement will give way to the “cult of civil disobedience”.
PHOTO CAPTION: Paul St-Pierre-Plamondon (on the left) participating in the protest led by lawyers and notaries against the Charest government’s law 78.
Paul St-Pierre-Plamondon in 5 dates
February 17 1977: Born in Trois-Rivières
2008: Establishment of the Générations d’idées group
February 2009: He leaves his job at Stikeman Elliott and undertakes a 19-city tour of Quebec in order to meet young people. He wrote an account of this experience in his book Des jeunes et l’avenir du Québec: les rêveries d’un promeneur solitaire (Youth and the Future of Quebec: Daydreams of a Solitary Wanderer)
January 2010: He becomes Vice President of the Delegatus legal firm.
October 2011: He plants brooms in front of the National Assembly to demand an inquiry commission. This action cost him his hosting contract with Radio-Canada.
Paul St-Pierre-Plamondon, of the Génération d’idées group, was shocked to hear that one of the student leaders threatened the government “to organize” Montreal’s Grand Prix last week. He fears that the movement will veer off course into a “cult of civil disobedience”.
Patrick Lagacé May 29, 2012
The smell of revenge was unmistakable : Minister of Transports, Pierre Moreau, openly wished that the lawyer who came up with the idea of lawyers’ demonstration against Bill 78 - the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec’s lawyer - would be severely sanctioned. An excerpt from the Journal de Québec:
« ‘If this is true, since he’s a lawyer, not only does it show a great lack of judgement on his part, but it’s also a disloyalty towards his duties outlined in sections 10 and 11 of the Civil Service Act. I sincerely hope this individual receives a penalty that is proportionate to his lack of judgement,’ bellowed Minister Moreau on Tuesday, a little after question period at the National Assembly.»
A few weeks ago, when a civil servant at Municipal Affairs wrote a foolish and worrisome letter to Le Soleil regarding the student strike – suggesting it was time to « reconquer the ground » lost to « leftists » – Laurent Lessard was plain, simply stating that the employee had been reprimanded.
Geneviève Lajoie May 29, 2012
The lawyer for the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) [translator’s note: the crown corporation responsable for licensing drivers and providing public auto insurance] who organised the Lawyers’ Demonstration against Law 78 should be severely sanctioned, estimates the minister Pierre Moreau.