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  •  They didn't. (1+ / 0-)
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    johnny wurster

    The diary is poorly sourced and lacking in details.  

    Bill 78 summary

    Fines of between $1,000 and $5,000 for any individual who prevents someone from entering an educational institution.
    Penalties climb to between $7,000 and $35,000 for a student leader and to between $25,000 and $125,000 for unions or student federations.
    Public demonstations involving more than 50 people have to be flagged to authorities eight hours in advance, include itinerary, duration and time at which they are being held.
    Police can order the protest move to a different spot.
    Offering encouragement for someone to protest at a school, either tacitly or otherwise, is subject to punishment.
    I don't agree with the severity of the measures, but they didn't exactly make protesting "illegal".

    While it's true that Quebec's tuition rates would still be among the lowest in North America, it has nothing to do with English vs. French institutions.  The McGill student association didn't vote to strike.  Some faculties at the other three universities did.

    Public opinion polling has been shifting a lot.  Currently the government enjoys slightly more support than the students.  The two undisputable facts are that the protests are frequent and very large, and that they're driving people who commute to downtown insane.  I have to walk my bike through shopping centers just to get around the parade routes.

    •  Oh, the humanity! (4+ / 0-)

      "I have to walk my bike through shopping centers just to get around the parade routes."

      That's horrible! How do you survive? Truly, these demonstrations are causing you unendurable suffering. I hope everybody goes back home, and soon, so your life can get back to normal.

      Democracy--so freakin' inconvenient.

      /snark

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