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Pierre Beaudet, Professor of International Development at the University of Ottawa, Gordon Lefebvre, retired teacher, Éric Martin, Professor of Philosophy at Collège Édouard-Montpetit.
July 17, 2012
Original French Text: http://www.ledevoir.com/politique/quebec/354692/le-quebec-une-societe-a-debloquer
For a number of observers, the fast approaching elections will be the landing strip of the student and popular uprising of spring 2012. And yet, a simple shuffling of political representatives will not manage to settle the profound contradictions which cross Quebecois society and which this conflict has revealed.
The antiquated institutions in place and the absence of public debate on the direction that society is taking are in a head on collision with the demands of the youth, who are reviving the fundamental ideas of the Quiet revolution from a new anti-globalization, ecological and feminist sensibility. The arrival of a more authentic democracy demanded by the young men and women presupposes much deeper institutional changes than the game of alternating major parties allows.