Sunday, May 06, 2012
The Quebec Students and the Great Victory
They marched for three months. In the cold of February and the chill of the Maple Spring. Many of them were roughed up, or arrested for no good reason.
For most of that time the corrupt Charest government refused to talk to them, just tried to divide and conquer.
They were infiltrated by a handful of hooded thugs who tried to smear their movement as violent. When the students were overwhelmingly peaceful...
Overwhelmingly gentle and righteously joyful...
But still most in our Con media jumped on their backs like rabid monkeys, screeching for them to be crushed and humiliated. And all across this country old people howled for the blood of the young. Or for Quebec to be driven out of Canada.
Quebec’s place in Canada was another subject for hot debate. That started with a Tuesday letter from former Reform party MP Lee Morrison, titled: “It’s time to say au revoir to Quebec.” In commenting on the student strike, Mr. Morrison noted: “If the province’s future political and economic elites are too greedy and stupid to realize that life in the real world isn’t one continuous visit to the free lunch counter, there is no hope for Quebec society.”
But the students never gave up, and today they are celebrating a great victory.
Under the new agreement, the government’s proposed $254-a-year fee hike over seven years remained unchanged. However, this increase will be reduced an equivalent amount by trimming the surcharges universities charge students each year. Students currently pay an average of $800 in annual university surcharges which usually fund non-academic activities and various student services.
I know some students won't be satisfied. Like them I believe that a straight freeze would have been better. But the semester is threatened, this does offer a bit of a break. And if students end up paying instead of more, they can always return to the streets.
But for now I think it's an honourable compromise like the kind Canadians were once known for, when we were a decent country admired all over the world, instead of the reactionary pariah state we are now.
And it NEVER would have happened if the students hadn't stood up and fought for their rights. Which makes me really happy. But no doubt will make the BC columnist Gary Mason even crazier than he sounds here.
The Quebec uprising is a farce, led a group of self-absorbed brats, basking in the glow of often fawning media attention. They are nothing more than spoiled kids demanding to have their way. It is time they are ignored until they stop their whining and grow up.
But then what do you say to a guy like that eh?
Except Gary, please, get a grip on yourself. Even if I removed the Rockies you'd never be able to see far enough to understand Quebec.
For it is a very different place...
A very different nation than Harper's Canada. With very different priorities.
And thanks to people like you, and the redneck Reformers from Alberta, and the criminal Con regime, it has never been so isolated. For standing up for our precious Canadian/Canadien values.
So STFU up you reactionary old fart.
Some farce. Some spoiled brats.
Some dangerous enemy...
And for the victorious students of Quebec I have only this message:
Merci/thank you for making me feel so proud of you, and so proud to be a Québécois.
Never stop marching for a better more human world. Lâche pas jamais. Never give up.
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