Quebec Student Riots

Quebec Libre ?

There are a lot of unanswered questions regarding the “student” riots in Quebec. What for? Why would they spend so much time rioting if they are

Quebec Libre?

really students wanting to learn? Who is paying for their daily food? Who is paying for their housing? Whose fault is this, really?

The National Post has examined some of these questions by asking students some of the questions we all have in our mind:

  1. What exactly are you protesting against?
  2. How do you justify inconveniencing ordinary citizens?
  3. Is what is going on evidence of a healthy democracy?
  4. Is this a sign that the street should be more powerful than a democratically elected government?
  5. How much tuition should students pay?

You can read their answers here in NP.

The typical answers tell a lot about the educational system, perhaps about the dark side of Quebec culture.

  1. What exactly are you protesting against? Typical answers below with my commentary. It’s easier to be blunt when the demonstrators are 8 hours away and in another province :-)
  • free education
  • government doesn’t listen to us
  • not connected to the people
  • only thinks of itself [sounds more like a description of the rioters, uh demonstrators?]
  • doesn’t give a damn about the people.
  • government should pay attention when people take to street [I think they are…]
  • we are not happy [duh!]
  • gone into the street 275 times [ I guess quantity equals quality? hmmm]
  • losing patience [Was that a sign of childhood? Are these not almost grownups??? Are they pouting? Is this the equivalent of a temper tantrum because they are not getting their way?]
  • if they don’t upset the government they will not win [newsflash kid…. YOU will not win … you are acting like spoiled brat losers! Are we to assume that when you get a job, if you plan on doing that, that you will demonstrate outside your office or factory when the company does not give you FREE coffee, cream and sugar? Who would want to hire of a bunch of hypocrites who say the government does not give a damn when THEY don’t give a damn about the reasons the government is hiking tuition fees, about people trying to get to work so they can continue to subsidize them wasting time acting like a mob in the streets, a bunch of immature, pathetically-educated, selfish snivelers?]
  • they [the government] is taking the extra money to fund Plan Nord private companies stealing natural resources, and taking them back to their countries [Don’t you have to pay for something before someone can steal it from you kid? Where did you get the idea you who in all probability have NEVER paid for a fraction of your way yet in food, housing,  transportation, clothing, tuition, medical care own the natural resources of Quebec? Isn’t it more logical to say that they are owned by the workers of Quebec that are trying to get to work each day? They have paid taxes. Have you? Or are you still a dependent taker? A leech on Quebec society? Funny I don’t see the taxpayers demonstrating. In fact public opinion polls are against what you are doing.]
  • take all this money in increased tuition
  • they [government] are corrupt to the bone [Would you say stealing people’s time is corrupt kid? After all Time is Money. That is how people get paid. You are stealing THEIR time so they cannot put in a full work day. So just who is calling who corrupt?]
  • fighting for a principle, accessible education [I think that means the FREER the BETTER at the expense of the taxpayer. Maybe those fairy tales about pots of gold and rainbows were damaging to their little psyches! Now they think they own the gold WITHOUT even finding it! Sounds like a lottery.]
  • shows that people are sick and tired [Who? The workers stuck in traffic until you get over your temper tantrum?]
  • against the tuition increase which is really too high [the answers below show how high they think is “fair”

4. How much tuition should students pay?

  • not in favor of entirely free, find it in other places
  • free education [How about free homes, free food, free voting, freedom from traffic jams, free education, free TV’s, free iPhones, free …. when does it stop? Who pays for the free …?]
  • the 1% that controls the 99% resources of our planet [if they control them, then they own them, right? I didn’t see them demonstrate in the streets until the “government” or “former owners” gave in, did you?]
  1. How do you justify inconveniencing ordinary citizens?
  2. Is what is going on evidence of a healthy democracy?
  3. Is this a sign that the street should be more powerful than a democratically elected government?
  4. How much tuition should students pay?

[Editor: I will come back to this later… a luxury the news media acting on a schedule does not have :-) ]

You may want to also read Chris Selley’s column “Unmasking the protest”

or John Moore: It’s the older generation that’s entitled, not students


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