Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Harperland and the Birth of the Maple Winter
When I first saw the pictures I must admit my heart started beating faster.
For a moment I thought that Spring had arrived in Harperland.
But it wasn't the Maple Spring eh?
It was the Maple Winter.
Hours after Quebec Premier Pauline Marois declared that student unrest is “behind us,” thousands of protesters took to the streets of Montreal to denounce a planned three-per-cent tuition fee hike. At least 10 arrests were made Tuesday as some protesters hurled snowballs and bottles at riot police.
But there they were again, thousands of students marching through the streets of Montreal.
The police were there again.
And so was the Anarchopanda...
And although I can already hear the cranky old editorialists in the MSM screaming: "Why are those students causing trouble again? Why aren't they ever SATISFIED ??!!@#!!
Student leaders said they felt betrayed by Marois, who wrapped up a two-day summit on higher education by announcing a plan to increase tuition by $70 per year, or roughly $350 over the first five years.
Marois’s Parti Quebecois government had nixed the previous Liberal government’s efforts to raise the tuition fee by $1,625 over five years – a plan that sparked sometimes violent protests in Montreal, Quebec City and other parts of Quebec last year.
If I had been in Montreal today, I would have been marching with them.
For one crummy, dull, unimaginative government might follow the other...
But standing up for lower education fees, or hopefully none at all, like it is in places like Scotland, is one of the things you do if you want to build a better world.
Like I do.
And if you don't put pressure on those in power, you don't get anywhere. Today we'll march against Marois.
Tomorrow we'll march against him...
But always heading in the same direction. Always heading for that kinder, better, more just world.
The Occupy movement, the Quebec students, the labour movement, Idle No More, it's all the same thing to me. It's about shaking things up, challenging the corrupt system head on, and refusing to surrender to the cynicism and the despair that afflicts so many progressives in these dark times.
Fighting the Con regime, fighting for the future.
Fighting for THEM...
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So they can remember one day that even in the grim darkness of Harperland, some refused to roll over, some couldn't be muzzled, some did RESIST.
Even as so many slept.
Oh yeah. Did I mention I'm a dreamer? I must be, because I still dream of seeing progressives UNITE to crush the Cons. Even though so many of my friends tell me that will never happen. And I know it must.
But if the Quebec student movement is a dream. Until Canada's Maple Spring arrives. Finally.
Don't wake me up eh? For I still wear the red square proudly.
And this dream is still so beautiful...
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