Tag: MapleSpring

  • Quebec Unions Debate a Settlement

    Quebec public-sector unions organized in the Common Front reached a tentative agreement with the government of Premier Philippe Couillard right before the holidays on December 17. The agreement followed an explosive fall filled with rotating regional public-sector strikes and anti-austerity protests that culminated in the largest general strike in Quebec’s history, when more than 400,000 … Keep reading »

  • Good Riddance and Old Quandaries

    Two Views from Quebec on the Canadian Federal Election The recent Canadian federal election results have taken most commentators and social activists by surprise. If the anti-Harper sentiment amongst two-thirds of the population had been clear enough for more than a year, very few had on their radar a Liberal majority outcome (even given the notoriety … Keep reading »

  • Canada’s “Maple Spring”

    From the Quebec Student Strike to the Movement Against Neoliberalism This article first appeared on the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung-New York Office website. The 2012 student strike in Quebec is a lesson in successful struggle against austerity policies. The strike was sparked by the announcement by the governing Parti Libéral du Québec (PLQ) of Premier Jean Charest … Keep reading »

  • Quebec’s ‘Red Square’ Movement: The Story So Far

    In 2012 Quebec has been shaken by the most important social movement in the Canadian state since the 1970s. What began as a strike by students in Quebec’s universities and Collèges d’Enseignement Général et Professionnel (CEGEPs, which most young people attend after high school) against a major increase in university tuition fees – part of … Keep reading »

  • Where Next for the Quebec Mobilizations?

    Debate Opens on Strategic Perspectives Despite massive mobilizations throughout Quebec in opposition to Law 78 and the Jean Charest government, the student struggle is once again at an impasse. At the end of May, the government terminated the latest round of negotiations with the four college and university student associations without offering any concessions on the … Keep reading »

  • Defiant Quebec Students Reject Shabby Government Offer

    Quebec college and university students are now in the 13th week of their militant province-wide strike while voting by overwhelming majorities to reject a government offer that met none of their key demands. Keep reading »

  • Toward a Social Strike

    The student revolt that has been shaking the Quebec state, has been captivating activists across Canada and the world. Coalition large de l’association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante (CLASSE) is the major component of the coalition of student unions leading the strike of some 180,000 students out on strike. It is said to represent about … Keep reading »

  • Government Ends Negotiations With Quebec’s Striking Students

    Has the time arrived for a general social strike? On Wednesday, April 25, Education minister Line Beauchamp abruptly ended the negotiations with the student leaders to which she had reluctantly agreed two days earlier – before they had even got to the key issue of the $1625 fee hike. She refused, once again, to negotiate with … Keep reading »

  • Massive Student Upsurge Fuels Major Debates in Quebec Society

    A crowd estimated at 250,000 people or more wound its way through Montréal April 22 in Quebec’s largest ever Earth Day march. They raised many demands: an end to tar sands and shale gas development, opposition to the Quebec government’s Plan Nord mining expansion, support for radical measures to protect ecosystems, and other causes. And … Keep reading »

  • Massive Demonstrations Support Quebec Students Striking Against Fee Hikes

    Tens of thousands of students and their supporters marched in major Quebec cities yesterday, March 18, in opposition to the Jean Charest government’s promise to impose a 75 per cent increase in post-secondary education fees over the next five years. In Montréal some 30,000 “former, present and future university students” responded to the call of … Keep reading »