Christian Nadeau, Philosophy professor at Université de Montréal September 1, 2012
Original French Text: http://www.ledevoir.com/politique/elections-2012/358264/surmonter-le-4-septembre
Photo caption: Last spring, the strike called into question a social order in which politics belong solely to those elected. It is our duty from today onward to follow up on those commitments, writes Christian Nadeau. (Photo credit: Jacques Nadeau, Le Devoir)
On August 1, Quebec’s lieutenant governor general, Pierre Duchesne, signed the order that would dissolve the National Assembly and trigger Quebec’s 40th general elections. Since that day, it’s been as though the debate of ideas had been completely set aside in favour of partisan streamlining and of the daily trivial circumstances affecting politicians.
The very moment the elections were called, politics were reclaimed by political professionals. Since then, they have been completely monopolizing the news, which has had the effect of further distancing civil society from its representatives. But how can we explain such a public infatuation – for it has been “public” – for Caesars devoid of their Rubicon, whose close guard always comprises one or two Brutus?
What happened? How did we come to that? How could we have so quickly turned our backs to the formidable political momentum kindled by the student strike and the events of this past spring?
interesting read, given the recent PQ win and their cancellation of the student fee hike proposal
"2,000 overseas, non-EU, students have 60 days to find an alternative institution to sponsor them or face deportation."
This is so awful.
“This government’s move to deport thousands of international students studying at London Met University is totally disgraceful. The Tories should not be allowed to throw international students out of the country at will - students who have spent years studying and have paid thousands of pounds may now be denied the chance to finish their education.
Let this government be warned that deporting international students will cause huge damage to Britain’s reputation across the world. We will rightly be seen as a country, which treats foreign students with disrespect and contempt – making Britain an extremely unattractive destination for future international students.”
“Both university management and UKBA need to hear our message loud and clear: ‘Hands off our students – Hands off our classmates’. Future demonstrations, stunts and actions will be called by the respective unions on campus. We have to carry this message into this autumn’s TUC demonstration on October 20 and the NUS demonstration on November 21.”
PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION - http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/support-for-london-metropolitan-university-and-internat1.html
There are two petitions, this one is also going around and seems to have more by means of signatures:
I think we have to recognise this as unabashed racism on the part of the ConDem government. London Met as a university is renowned for it’s large number of international students, and home-shores students are also much more proportionately from working class backgrounds. The decision could make London Met financially unviable and force it to close. This is both a racist attack against multicultural society, and an extension of the Tory’s attack against working class people having access to higher education.
The Education Activist Network is also mounting a solidarity campaign in support of students effected by this.
this is a good bit more info about the campaign than I was planning on posting
follow handsoffourclassmates for some solidarity photos (and potentially more info)
following this struggle with real interest. it’d be great to hear about some voices from the ground in more depth, if anyone knows of any?
I haven’t attended any of the marches yet, but I go to Concordia University which is technically the first English-language uni to join the strike. Our strike doesn’t start until Thursday, when our students will join the others currently protesting. I’ve been gather news about the movement from different sources to help people follow along. If you have any questions than let me know. :)
Fair enough, thanks for letting me know! Good luck with your strike, and let us know if we from across the pond can do anything to help :)