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Barbara Kay: Quebec’s student radicals put their irresponsibility on parade

Posted on 2015-04-16 10:13:35

For most university students, spring means exams and the search for a summer job. Amongst a certain cadre of Quebec students – a few hundred out of Quebec’s student body of 44,000 – warmer air is an invitation to ratchet up the political activism that preoccupies them in every season. This spring’s activism revolves around the question of whether or not students, like workers, should have a legislated right to strike. “Activism” is a euphemism, though, for what has transpired in Montreal over the last few weeks. Radicals, struggling (and failing) to animate a campaign for students’ right to strike in protest against the Liberal government’s austerity program, upped the ante on disruption, vandalism and even masked thuggery. Last week at UQAM – the Université du Québec à Montréal, born in the throes of 1960’s counter-cultural rebellion, and usually ground zero for left-wing student militancy – riot police were kept busy controlling about 200 protesters who barricaded themselves inside and trashed the building. According to reports, police kept their cool and met violence on the student side with restraint. (--image--) The activists had no business being there in the first place. A March 30 protest had involved enough violence, including actual physical assaults, to result in a Superior Court injunction forbidding protesters from blocking access to classrooms. Issuing the injunction, Justice Robert Mongeon noted that jurisprudence arising from 2012 protests made it clear that students have a right to protest – that is, to boycott classes – but they do not have the right to prevent others from attending class. Most Quebecers found that ruling and the thinking behind it eminently reasonable, which is one of the reasons the Liberal Party won a majority in last April’s election, and the Parti Québécois, who have long supported and encouraged militant students, who form a solid part of their base, was trounced. Read & Debate(--image--) Find Full Comment........

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The Black Book of the American Left: Volume 2 — The Progressives

Barbara Kay: How utterly irrational faith-based global-warming theory is In an April 30 article, “Climate change and health: Extreme heat a ‘silent’ killer, Globe and Mail reporter Karen McColl...


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Latest Column

Barbara Kay: Quebec’s student radicals put their irresponsibility on parade

Posted on 2015-04-16 10:13:35

For most university students, spring means exams and the search for a summer job. Amongst a certain cadre of Quebec students – a few hundred out of Quebec’s student body of 44,000 – warmer air is an invitation to ratchet up the political activism that preoccupies them in every season. This spring’s activism revolves around the question of whether or not students, like workers, should have a legislated right to strike. “Activism” is a euphemism, though, for what has transpired in Montreal over the last few weeks. Radicals, struggling (and failing) to animate a campaign for students’ right to strike in protest against the Liberal government’s austerity program, upped the ante on disruption, vandalism and even masked thuggery. Last week at UQAM – the Université du Québec à Montréal, born in the throes of 1960’s counter-cultural rebellion, and usually ground zero for left-wing student militancy – riot police were kept busy controlling about 200 protesters who barricaded themselves inside and trashed the building. According to reports, police kept their cool and met violence on the student side with restraint. (--image--) The activists had no business being there in the first place. A March 30 protest had involved enough violence, including actual physical assaults, to result in a Superior Court injunction forbidding protesters from blocking access to classrooms. Issuing the injunction, Justice Robert Mongeon noted that jurisprudence arising from 2012 protests made it clear that students have a right to protest – that is, to boycott classes – but they do not have the right to prevent others from attending class. Most Quebecers found that ruling and the thinking behind it eminently reasonable, which is one of the reasons the Liberal Party won a majority in last April’s election, and the Parti Québécois, who have long supported and encouraged militant students, who form a solid part of their base, was trounced. Read & Debate(--image--) Find Full Comment........

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