Le Printemps Érable (or The Maple Spring) in Québec
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Un grand tonnerre / A great thunder / Un gran trueno

A text by Christian Nadeau, professor of philosophy at the University of Montreal is spoken by Christian Bégin and Dominique Leduc.
Sound: Jean Gaudreau
Audio / video: Eric Robertson and Bernice Steevenson

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International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Canada signed this convenant in 1976. In article 13 we find following sentence:

Higher education shall be made equally acessible to all, on the basis of capacity, by every appropriate means, and in particular by the progressive introduction of free education;

 

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The Québec Student Strike: From ‘Maple Spring’ to Summer Rebellion?

The Québec Student Strike: From ‘Maple Spring’ to Summer Rebellion? | Le Printemps Érable (or The Maple Spring) in Québec | Scoop.it
The movement is becoming more radicalized, more activated, and is consistently met with more state repression. Almost daily, it seems, there are protests all over the city, drawing in other social organizers and activists in solidarity. The little red square patch – the symbol of the Québec student strike – is adorned across the province of Québec and the city of Montréal and on the jackets and bags of a large percentage of its residents. The city and the province, it seems, are at the forefront of a youth-driven social struggle, a growing and rumbling resistance movement. As the issues spread from tuition hikes to a more broad conception of social justice, the movement has the potential to grow both within and far beyond Québec. If the situation continues as it has until present, already the longest student strike in Québec’s history, with increased activism and accelerated state repression, it is not inconceivable to imagine a growing student-led social rebellion by the end of the summer. As the economic situation in Canada – and indeed, the world – continues to get worse for the people of the world (as opposed to the corporations and banks, who are doing very well!), the momentum behind the current student movement has the potential to spill across Québec’s borders into the rest of Canada, with some people referring to this as the beginnings of the ‘Québec Spring,’ or the ‘Maple Spring.’
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