Student Strike Prompts Québec to Suspend Civil Liberties
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What is more, inciting others to any illegal protest or act of civil disobedience is now prohibited and subject to hefty fines, especially for the leaders of student unions.
To top it all off, a college or university's administration now has the power to block the payment of union dues by students to their student union at the beginning of the semester.
This horribly abusive law is now combined with the recent adoption of a provision banning people from wearing masks in public in the city of Montreal, where the biggest protests have been held.
All that remains now is to hope that the conflict will not degenerate into something far more sinister. On the other hand, perhaps this is an opportunity for major reform in a province where there is an increasing gap between the ideals of the younger generation forced to withstand increasing austere measures and the older generations who govern them. This has been called the "printemps érable," "the maple spring." Perhaps we should take a page out of the Middle Easterners' book and occupy Parliament.
Élizabeth Leier, student, Cégep de l'Outaouais.