Canada's Maple Spring
Canada's Maple SpringStudent protests in Quebec grow to nationwide movement.
Clanging pots and pans are sounding across the streets of Montreal as hundreds of thousands of Quebecers take part in what is being termed the "Maple Spring" - Canada's largest and longest protests ever. It all started three months ago when the provincial government announced an 75 percent increase on university tuitions.
But after continued protests, the government passed an emergency law known as Bill 78 in an attempt to crack down on protests. Since the implementation of the bill over 1000 people have been arrested and more than 10 injured.
In this episode of The Stream we speak with Tim McSorley (@timmcsorley), a staff editor at Media Co-op, Yanick Gregoire (@Yanick_Gregoire), vice president of Quebec University Student federation and Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois (@GNadeauDubois), a spokesman for the student group CLASSE.
So what are the goals of the Maple Spring and is it challenging the Canadian political establishment? Send us your thoughts and comments on Facebook or Twitter using hashtag #AJStream.