The Quebec Student Strike
By Louis Girard and Richard Dufour, 3 January 2017
Québec Solidaire’s special function within Quebec and Canadian politics is to attempt to revive popular enthusiasm for the retrograde and chauvinist program of Quebec independence.
By Louis Girard and Richard Dufour, 11 December 2015
The anarchists’ “no politics” injunction is directed against the socialist struggle for the political independence of the working class and serves to uphold the political and ideological domination of the unions and pro-capitalist parties.
By Louis Girard and Richard Dufour, 10 December 2015
Like the rest of the CLASSE leadership, the anarchists opposed a turn to the working class and promoted a Quebec nationalist perspective.
By Laurent Lafrance, 17 April 2015
The government is determined to break the student protest movement against its austerity program and to put an end to Quebec’s tradition of political protest through student strikes.
By Richard Dufour, 17 March 2015
ASSE is using its reputation for militancy to provide a “left” cover to the unions even as they promote the big business PQ and enforce anti-strike laws.
International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Canada), 5 March 2013
Supporters of the IYSSE distributed this statement at the February 26 demonstration organized by the student group ASSE to protest the Quebec government’s education summit.
By Keith Jones, 28 February 2013
Using a phony “national” Education Summit as a backdrop, Quebec’s Parti Québecois government announced Tuesday that henceforth university tuition fees will rise annually by at least 3 percent.
By Keith Jones, 12 December 2012
Workers and all those concerned with the defence of democratic rights should condemn the contempt-of-court conviction of Quebec student leader Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois.
International Youth Students for Social Equality (Canada), 3 December 2012
Continuing the nationalist-protest perspective that resulted in the Quebec student strike being suppressed, the organizers of the Nov. 22nd protest made no mention of the newly introduced PQ austerity budget.
By Eric Marquis, 15 September 2012
The election of a big business Parti Québecois government has been welcomed by Quebec’s student associations, including CLASSE, the student group that led the six-month student strike.
By Keith Jones, 24 August 2012
The large turnout in Wednesday’s demonstration attests to the fact that youth and workers are as determined as ever in their opposition to the Liberal government’ rightwing agenda, but CLASSE made no effort to draw the political lessons of the past six months of struggle.
By Keith Jones, 21 August 2012
The trade unions, the New Democratic Party, the union- and Parti Quebecois-allied student associations and the entire Quebec pseudo-left politically suffocated the strike, confining it to a student protest aimed at pressuring the Charest government and the Quebec elite.
By Eric Marquis, 20 August 2012
Quebec CEGEP students have voted to end their 6 month-long strike against the provincial Liberal government’s plan to dramatically raise university tuition fees.
By Eric Marquis, 16 August 2012
Québec Solidaire has taken a number of steps in recent weeks to demonstrate its readiness to ally with the Parti Québécois, a party which when it last held office implemented the greatest social spending cuts in Quebec history.
By Keith Jones, 15 August 2012
Thousands of Quebec students are voting this week on whether to continue their six month-long strike, under conditions where the trade unions have systematically isolated the students.
By a WSWS reporting team, 14 August 2012
The WSWS spoke with students who met last week to decide whether to continue their six-month strike against the Quebec Liberal government’s plans to dramatically raise university tuition fees.
SEP public meeting
11 August 2012
The SEP is holding a public meeting in Montreal August 16 to draw the lessons of the Quebec student strike and elaborate a socialist internationalist strategy to carry forward the fight for fundamental social rights.
Socialist Equality Party (Canada), 10 August 2012
The student strike must be armed with a new perspective, if it is not to succumb in the face of state repression and the maneuvers of the unions to isolate it and channel opposition to the Liberals behind the Parti Quebecois.
Quebec student strike:
By Richard Dufour and Keith Jones, 8 August 2012
The student association CLASSE opposes the socialist perspective that Quebec students fuse their struggle with the resistance of the Canadian and international working class to the assault of global capitalism.
By Andre Damon, 28 July 2012
Five months after students in Montreal, Quebec launched a strike against tuition increases, the movement stands at a political crossroads.
By Keith Jones, 24 July 2012
Tens of thousands of striking students and their supporters marched through downtown Montreal Sunday in a demonstration called by CLASSE, the student association that has spearheaded the five-month strike against the Quebec Liberal government’s plan to drastically raise university tuition fees.
By David Brown, 21 July 2012
The meeting in Windsor exemplified the way in which CLASSE seeks to limit the strike and prevent it from taking the form of an independent political struggle of the entire working class.
By Keith Jones, 13 July 2012
To prevail in their struggle, Quebec students must broaden their struggle politically and geographically by making it the catalyst for a working class counteroffensive in Quebec and across North America.
By Laurent Lafrance, 12 July 2012
Parti Québécois leader Pauline Marois recently shed her “red square,” the symbol of the five-month-long strike Quebec students have mounted against the provincial Liberal government’s plan to raise university tuition fees by 82 percent.
By a WSWS reporting team, 7 July 2012
The World Socialist Web Site recently interviewed Jeanne Reynolds, a leader of CLASSE, the organization that initiated and has led Quebec’s student strike.
Middle-class protest politics or a socialist orientation to the working class: A critique of the politics of CLASSE
By Keith Jones, 7 July 2012
The interview the WSWS has published with CLASSE spokeswoman Jeanne Reynolds exemplifies the protest perspective championed by CLASSE’s leadership. It also sheds lights on conceptions that are widely held among Quebec's striking students.
By ISSE, 2 July 2012
For nearly five months, students in the Canadian province of Quebec have been waging a courageous struggle to oppose the government’s drive to increase tuition rates by 82 percent.
By Keith Jones, 30 June 2012
Quebec’s Superior Court has refused to suspend application of key anti-democratic provisions of Bill 78—a draconian law that criminalizes the four month-long Quebec student strike and places sweeping restrictions on the right to demonstrate over any issue.
By Richard Dufour, 28 June 2012
The president of Quebec's second-largest labor federation has ruled out any possibility that the unions will organize even limited job action in support of the striking students and against the provincial Liberal government.
Quebec student strike:
By a WSWS reporting team, 25 June 2012
The WSWS interviewed students and workers at last Friday’s Montreal demonstration.
By Keith Jones, 23 June 2012
Tens of thousands took to the streets of Montreal and Quebec City yesterday to support the four- month Quebec student strike and oppose the right-wing provincial Liberal government of Jean Charest.
By Bryan Dyne, 23 June 2012
Jerry White, the SEP candidate for US president, spoke at a public meeting in Montreal on the international importance of the Quebec student strike.
Socialist Equality Party, 22 June 2012
This statement will be distributed at a mass rally of students and workers today.
By Keith Jones, 20 June 2012
Little more than a month after the Quebec Liberal government effectively criminalized the student strike, the student associations are again appealing for talks.
By Bryan Dyne, 20 June 2012
Jerry White, US presidential candidate for the Social Equality Party (SEP-US), campaigned in Montreal on Tuesday, bringing the party’s fight for the international unity of the working class to Canada.
20 June 2012
Jerry White, the Socialist Equality Party candidate in the US presidential election, will address a public meeting in Montreal this Thursday, June 21.
By Richard Dufour, 19 June 2012
Under conditions where the four-month-long student strike and opposition to Bill 78 have roiled the establishment, Québec Solidaire has again signalled its readiness to form an electoral alliance with the Parti Québécois.
By a WSWS reporting team, 16 June 2012
The vast movement of social protest that arose in Quebec in response to the provincial Liberal government’s university tuition fee hikes is continuing.
By Keith Jones, 15 June 2012
The NDP is playing a pivotal role in preventing the working class from coming to the support of the striking Quebec students, thereby strengthening not only the Quebec Liberal government, but also the federal Conservative government.
By Keith Jones, 14 June 2012
More than 2,500 writers, filmmakers, actors, and others artists have signed an open letter to Quebec Culture Minister Christine St. Pierre demanding that she retract her claim that the four-month-long student strike is “violent.”
By Keith Jones, 13 June 2012
A mouthpiece for the trade unions has issued an open letter voicing hostility to the Quebec student strike and the growing defiance of Bill 78 and promoting instead the return to power of the Parti Québecois.
Fresh state provocation
By Richard Dufour, 8 June 2012
Police carried out a series of early-morning raids yesterday targeting young people active in the mass student protests against the Quebec government’s tuition fee hikes.
By Carl Bronski and Lee Parsons, 8 June 2012
Demonstrations in support of Quebec students and against the Quebec Liberal government’s decree outlawing protests continued across Canada this week.
By Keith Jones, 7 June 2012
Quebec City police arrested 65 people, including Amir Khadir, Québec Solidaire’s lone member of the provincial parliament, for the “crime” of demonstrating Tuesday evening.
6 June 2012
The Socialist Equality Party is holding a public meeting in Montreal on Thursday, June 21 as part of its fight to mobilize the working class in defence of Quebec’s striking students.
By a WSWS reporting team, 5 June 2012
A new form of protest, “casserole” demonstrations, emerged last month in response to the Quebec Liberal government’s draconian Bill 78.
By Keith Jones, 4 June 2012
Twenty thousand people braved heavy rain Saturday afternoon to join a demonstration in Montreal held in defiance of the Quebec Liberal government’s draconian Bill 78.
By Keith Jones, 2 June 2012
The Quebec student strike has become a symbol of popular opposition to austerity measures being forced on the working class across North America.
By Keith Jones, 1 June 2012
Quebec’s Liberal government broke off negotiations with student associations yesterday afternoon.
By Richard Dufour and Keith Jones, 31 May 2012
Quebec’s Liberal government and associations representing the province’s university and CEGEP students failed to produce an agreement Wednesday.
By Eamon Patrick and Graham Beverley, 31 May 2012
The NDP’s attitude to the Quebec student strike exposes it as a supporter of the ruling class’ austerity measures.
As state repression continues
By Keith Jones, 30 May 2012
Quebec’s province-wide student associations held talks Monday and Tuesday with the provincial Liberal government, even as it continued its drive to break the 16 week-long student strike.
By Keith Jones, 28 May 2012
The mass arrests are testimony both to the depth of popular opposition to Bill 78 and the determination of Canada’s ruling class to stamp out the student strike and run roughshod over all opposition to its class-war agenda.
By Keith Jones, 26 May 2012
One week after criminalizing Quebec’s 15-week-long student strike, the provincial Liberal government is apparently about to summon leaders of the province-wide student associations for talks.
25 May 2012
Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White denounces Wednesday's mass arrests of students in Quebec and calls for the building of a socialist movement to defend the social and democratic rights of all working people.
Quebec student strike:
By Keith Jones, 24 May 2012
Quebec authorities have begun to make use of the sweeping repressive powers contained in Bill 78—the emergency legislation the provincial Liberal government rushed through the National Assembly late last week to suppress the province-wide student strike
Jerry White and SEP candidate for US president, 24 May 2012
In US and Canada, government intimidation and violence were employed against anti-NATO protesters and students fighting tuition increases.
By Keith Jones, 21 May 2012
As in Quebec, capitalist governments the world over are responding to mounting resistance to their class-war program with state repression, trampling on democratic rights and criminalizing working-class opposition.
By Keith Jones, 19 May 2012
Quebec’s Liberal government has rammed through emergency legislation that criminalizes the fourteen-week long Quebec student strike and places chilling restrictions on the right to demonstrate over any issue.
SEP/ISSE public meeting:
16 May 2012
The International Students for Social Equality and the SEP (Canada) are holding a public meeting in Kingston, Ontario on the afternoon of Saturday, May 19 as part of the fight to mobilize the working class in defence of Quebec’s striking students.
By a WSWS reporting team, 11 May 2012
Striking students have overwhelmingly rejected the agreement reached last Saturday between the Quebec Liberal government and leaders of the three province-wide student associations to end their three-month strike.
By Richard Dufour, 8 May 2012
The deal signed on Saturday by Quebec’s student associations, under pressure from the provincial Liberal government and the unions, is a flagrant betrayal of the students.
By Richard Dufour, 1 May 2012
The Quebec Liberal government’s “global solution for university accessibility” is a transparent attempt to break the 12-week-old student strike and legitimize further state repression.
By Keith Jones, 27 April 2012
The Canadian elite has been so implacable in its opposition to the Quebec student strike because it recognizes that the students’ insistence that education should be a social right is an implicit challenge to their entire class strategy.
By Eric Marquis, 25 April 2012
One of Quebec’s principal dailies has published a commentary from a senior Quebec government official that openly calls for fascist-type violence to be employed against striking students.
By Keith Jones, 21 April 2012
Over the course of the past week, Quebec’s Liberal government has escalated its efforts to break the two-month old strike of students opposed to its plan to increase university tuition fees by 75 percent.
In the face of state repression, government intransigence:
By the International Students for Social Equality, 18 April 2012
The two month-old Quebec student strike must become the catalyst for a working class counter-offensive against the destruction of jobs and public services.
By Eric Marquis, 14 April 2012
Quebec’s ruling elite has stepped up its campaign to break the two-month old province-wide student strike, which it views as an intolerable challenge to its drive to dismantle public services and extinguish any social rights.
By Richard Dufour, 9 April 2012
Quebec’s Liberal government is using arrests, court injunctions and the threat of cancelling the winter semester to force an end to a nearly two-month-long strike by students opposed to its plan to raise university tuition fees by 75 percent.
Quebec student strike:
By Richard Dufour, 27 March 2012
The student strike against the Quebec Liberal government’s drastic increase in university tuition fees is at a crossroads.
By Keith Jones, 24 March 2012
Two hundred thousand people took to the streets of downtown Montreal Thursday to demand that the Quebec Liberal government rescind its plan to raise university tuition fees by 75 percent over the next five years.
By Keith Jones, 22 March 2012
In Tuesday’s budget address, Quebec’s Liberal government vowed to press ahead with its austerity program, including a 75 percent increase in university tuition fees that has sparked the largest student strike in the province’s history.
By Eric Marquis, 17 March 2012
The student strike against the Quebec Liberal government’s plan to raise university tuition fees by 75 percent has swelled to involve close to 200,000 post-secondary students.
By Eric Marquis, 1 March 2012
Seventy thousand university and college students have joined a two week-old strike against the Quebec Liberal government’s plans to dramatically increase university tuition fees. And thousands more may soon join the strike.
By International Students for Social Equality, 29 February 2012
Students must consciously reach out to workers as allies in a common battle and fight to transform the student strike against tuition fee increases into a unified struggle in defense of all public services, all social programmes, and all jobs.