The Quebec Student Strike

Ten years of Québec Solidaire: The record of a pro-capitalist, pro-imperialist party

Part two

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.

The 2012 and 2015 Quebec student strikes and the bankruptcy of anarchism: Part 2

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.

The 2012 and 2015 Quebec student strikes and the bankruptcy of anarchism: Part 1

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.

Quebec government criminalizes student strike

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.

Quebec student union ASSE promotes trade unions as students vote for anti-austerity strike

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.

Quebec’s Education Summit and the failure of ASSE’s protest perspective

By 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.

Quebec: PQ imposes annual hikes in university tuition fees

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.

Conviction of Quebec student strike leader sets stage for broader attack on students’ rights

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.

The PQ budget and the 2012 Quebec student strike

By 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.

CLASSE and Quebec’s student federations welcome PQ’s election

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.

Quebec: Thousands protest Liberals’ tuition hikes, user fees and privatization

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.

Political lessons of the Quebec student strike

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.

Quebec CEGEP students end their strike

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.

Québec Solidaire courts big business PQ

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.

Quebec student strike votes produce mixed results

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.

Quebec students debate whether to continue their strike

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

The Quebec student strike, the working class and the struggle for social rights

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.

A new policy is needed for Quebec student strike

By 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:

CLASSE manifesto promotes Quebec nationalism and protest politics

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.

Video: Which way forward for the Quebec student strike?

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.

Quebec students seek to broaden strike, but CLASSE leaders capitulate to union opposition

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.

CLASSE representatives speak on Quebec student strike

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.

Quebec student strike at the crossroads

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.

Parti Québécois distances itself from student strike to reassure big business

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.

Spokeswoman for CLASSE: “We have shaken Quebec’s government”

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.

The Quebec Student Strike and the global struggle to defend education

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.

Court refuses to suspend Quebec’s Bill 78

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.

Quebec union head condemns “social strike” against Charest government

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:

“This is not only against the students, it is against the working population”

By a WSWS reporting team, 25 June 2012

The WSWS interviewed students and workers at last Friday’s Montreal demonstration.

Massive demonstrations in support of Quebec’s striking students

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.

SEP candidate speaks at Quebec meeting on student strike

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.

The way forward for the Quebec student strike

By Socialist Equality Party, 22 June 2012

This statement will be distributed at a mass rally of students and workers today.

Quebec student associations make appeal for fresh talks

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.

Jerry White campaigns in Montreal

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.

US SEP presidential candidate Jerry White to address Montreal meeting

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.

Québec Solidaire open to an electoral alliance with the Parti Québécois

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.

Quebec: Protests continue against Bill 78 and the attack on education

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.

How the NDP helps suppress the Quebec student strike and strengthens Harper

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.

Quebec artists denounce governments’ smear campaign against student strike

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.”

Union mouthpiece denounces Quebec student strike

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

Police raid Quebec Solidaire leader’s home

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.

Second week of Canada-wide “casserole” protests

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.

Quebec legislator arrested as state repression of student strike continues

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.

SEP meeting on Quebec student strike: Socialism and the defence of public education

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.

“Casserole” protests in support of Quebec students spread across Canada

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.

Thousands join protest in defiance of Quebec’s 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.

The Quebec student strike and the need for a socialist program

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.

Quebec government scuttles talks to end 16-week student strike

By Keith Jones, 1 June 2012

Quebec’s Liberal government broke off negotiations with student associations yesterday afternoon.

Talks continue between Quebec government, student groups over tuition protests

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.

NDP abets suppression of Quebec student strike

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

Student associations in talks with Quebec government

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.

Mass repression in Quebec: A warning to the working class

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.

Quebec student strike: Government excludes fee hikes, Bill 78 from proposed talks

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.

SEP presidential candidate Jerry White demands release of jailed Quebec students

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:

Police begin to apply draconian Bill 78

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

The criminalization of dissent in Chicago and Quebec

By 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.

Police state bill passed to suppress Quebec student strike

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.

Quebec law criminalizing student strike threatens basic rights of all

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:

Defend Quebec’s striking students! Education should be a social right!

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.

Quebec students reject union-promoted sellout of their fight for accessible education

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.

Unions and student associations betray Quebec student 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.

Quebec scuttles talks with striking students, unveils plan to nearly double tuition fees

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.

Workers must rally to the defense of Quebec’s striking students

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.

Major daily publishes fascist diatribe against Quebec student strike

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.

Quebec government seeks to intimidate, split 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:

Quebec student strike at a crossroads

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.

Quebec government escalates campaign to break student strike

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.

Quebec authorities seeking to criminalize student strike

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:

A strategy to mobilize the working class is needed

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.

Quebec: Mammoth demonstration in support of strike against university fee hikes

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.

Quebec to implement university fee hikes in face of mass protests

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.

Quebec: Almost 200,000 students striking against university tuition fee hikes

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.

Support for Quebec student strike swells

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.

Quebec’s striking students must turn to the working class!

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.