East Vancouver stands in solidarity with Quebec students

… and so do I!

East Vancouver (East Van), my old home town of twenty years, some 18 years ago, stands behind the striking students, as you can see here…

East Vancouver stands in solidarity with Quebec students

In addition, the Montreal rock band Arcade Fire, along with Mick Jagger, showed their support as well on Saturday Night Live (SNL)

Mick wore a red shirt while the band wore the red patches which have become the symbols of this movement.

Song for the Students


Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you’re a man, you take it.

from John Prince
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15 Responses to East Vancouver stands in solidarity with Quebec students

  1. Alison says:

    I stand in solidarity with the majority of students who just want to continue the education which they have worked hard for and paid for. The minority of students are NOT on strike, they are boycotting classes and causing massive disruption to innocent Montrealers. The tactics of the student leaders have been anti-democratic from the beginning, with sham voting procedures. Voting time was scheduled when the least number of students would be available, rooms were too small to hold more than the hardcore and the vote was by a show of hands. Talk about rigged. Students not voting the right way were jeered at and in some cases threatened.

    What people in the rest of Canada may not realize is that CEGEEP is essentailly free and it only takes 3 years to get a bachelors degree, so the students are paying the paltry tuition fees for a year less than the students elsewhere.

    Speaking to a teacher from one of the CEGEEP’s worst hit by the boycott, the rumour making the rounds is that the student leaders have been coached by PQist supporting union leaders for some time in order to bring down the Charest government. Given the coziness between the unions and the student protesters, this is not an outlandish probability.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Alison, what you fail to realize is the fight is about more than just student tuition increases. In fact, the scope of this strike has widened considerably.

    Quebec student protests not just about tuition but battle against ‘greedy elites’

    Canada’s ‘Maple Spring’? Dissecting the longest student strike in Quebec’s history

    Unlike Quebec, the rest of Canada because of its higher concentration of media control does not know very much about the ‘real issues’. Instead it has been pretty much ignored here (like what they did with much of the Occupy movement, especially during its first few weeks). Therefore what the people in the rest of Canada knows is not very much.

    Maybe now, it’s more about toppling the evil and corrupt emperor?

    … images of Dune come to mind.

    Maybe, we have the beginnings of a revolution? We do know, we have rebellion.


  3. Alison says:

    The occupy movement was a peaceful protest about greedy elites, which I fully support. I happen to live in Montreal and have many friends who are academics, so do not necessarily have to rely on an admittedly biased media. Trying to hide the rational for the demonstrations behind something that many of us would support is just dishonest.

    This fight over tuition fees has been going off and on since at least 1963 when the fees were much higher as a portion of the average annual income. Mostly the protests were peaceful. This cohort of students has been a problem for the education system. Far too many of them have an exaggerated sense of entitlement; expecting to pass while doing no work and not showing up for classes, expecting an A for substandard work etc. Many have had parents who never said no to them and who run screaming to the school if they think their precious offspring are not being given all the gifts they think are due. I think this mentality has a great deal to do with the way this whole boycott has been handles by the student leaders. Having said that, one has to acknowledge that the majority of the students are not demonstrating and do not support the boycott. They too have rights, or should have.

  4. Anonymous says:

    With respect to your academic friends, read my next post above on the ‘Death of the Liberal Class’, and/or better yet watch Chris Hedges video on this subject there. There you will see that education being one of the pillars of the Liberal Class has failed us miserably (as have all the other pillars). Today’s universities are nothing more than puppy mills for the elite. They do not teach people to think, but to manage instead.

    I don’t think you appreciate the fact that there are hundreds of thousands both students and others taking to the streets to demonstrate. With another big protest march planned for tomorrow which will now be in defiance of Charest’s new law (Bill 78). You don’t get those numbers unless people are either pissed or want something. (to be continued)


  5. Anonymous says:

    … continued

    I suggest they want education that doesn’t put them in deep debt before they even get their degrees. That corporations don’t control academia and thus call the shots on what is served up in the way of education that in the past 30 years especially, does not teach young minds to think but to perform instead, as nothing more than trained monkeys or robotic managers. They want accountability from their provincial government with respect to educational funding; less public money going to (corporate) research departments, less administrative bureaucrats sucking all they can from the public tit. I could go on and on but I’m sure if you are honest with yourself you probably know most of what I am saying but still play apologist for a corrupt and dying system in desperate need of an overhaul and fix?

    The politicians in Quebec are not the only ones who are corrupt, academia is too. It might have started off as an exercise and protest against higher tuition fees but it has gone much further than that now. We have open rebellion that could very well lead to revolution. VIVA LA REVOLUTION!!
    (to be continued)

  6. Anonymous says:

    … continued

    p.s. being an ex-Montreal’er who lived through the FLQ crisis, the Quiet Revolution and Bill 101 (moude anglais), I know the makings of a revolution when I see one and that is what I believe we might be seeing now. No, Alison, you might be on the front lines where the action is but you know not what you say, if what you say, is that it is all about increased tuition fees not wanting to be paid by spoiled children.


    p.s. Just so you know Alison, I broke my comment above into three parts because Blogger would not publish it as one?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Revolutions begin when young men see the present as worse than the unknown future.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Ten Points Everyone Should Know About the Quebec Student Movement

    1)The issue is debt, not tuition

    2)Striking students in Quebec are setting an example for youth across the continent

    3)The student strike was organized through democratic means and with democratic aims

    4)This is not an exclusively Quebecois phenomenon

    5)Government officials and the media have been openly calling for violence and “fascist” tactics to be used against the students

    6)Excessive state violence has been used against the students

    7)The government supports organized crime and opposes organized students

    8)Canada’s elites punish the people and oppose the students

    9)The student strike is being subjected to a massive and highly successful propaganda campaign to discredit, dismiss, and demonize the students

    10)The student movement is part of a much larger emerging global movement of resistance against austerity, neoliberalism, and corrupt power.

    Ten Points Everyone Should Know About the Quebec Student Movement

  9. Anonymous says:

    Education should not be a ‘debt’ sentence.

  10. Jose says:

    Alison, right on with your comments. Those students that want to continue their studies should be able to do so. Seems that they are looked upon as being scabs like with any union type operation. Appears that the agitators are to lazy to study or are being used by someone.

    Re U being a debt sentence, it is an investment in the future that requires some personal effort, as well as choosing a field that one can get a job in after graduation. The comments by those demonstrators that their performance art, dancing and other “worthless” degrees are not paying off — well, look at where the present jobs are and any engineer, computer science and math major can get a job if they want to go to the job.

    Taking 6 years to complete a 3 or 4 year course and not working during the summer break and wracking up the students loans in the meantime does not make for a good post graduatin experience –especially when the degree only gets one a job at MacDs.


  11. Anonymous says:

    From Calgary SUN Today:

    Gutless cowards

    I am from Montreal, now living in Calgary and have been following the student protests in Quebec. How dare students dictate to the legally elected government. I am all for the peaceful petitioning of the government as guaranteed by Canadian law but I am incensed by the gutless cowards wearing hoodies and masks and backpacks full of objects with which they can cause violence and destruction of property. I am pleased legislation is being read that will target these uncivilized savages. If the students hope to retain an iota of credibility and respectability, they will publicly denounce these hoodlums. One has to wonder: Are these thugs our future?

    Jim Ford

    (Let’s hope not.)

    I agree. Disobeying the law is never right under any circumstance. Ever.

  12. Anonymous says:

    The Charest government’s critics accused it of badly mismanaging the crisis. One opposition party suggested a solution to the impasse: an election.

    The Coalition For Quebec’s Future said the government, following a series of corruption scandals, had lost the moral authority to lead. It suggested Premier Jean Charest should promise to call an election in September to help ease the tension immediately.

    The premier has lost control of the situation…

  13. Anonymous says:

    Don’t need Quebec students – elitist ones at that – teaching me anything – thank you very much.
    Sad if that is the case for yourself.

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