‘A declaration of war’: Quebec students rage over proposed fines
Threats of further student-related mayhem in Quebec have intensified with the government’s intention to crack down on the protest movement by hitting it hard in the pocketbook.
Emergency legislation introduced overnight provides for fines of between $1,000 and $5,000 for any individual who prevents someone from entering an educational institution.
The penalties climb to between $7,000 and $35,000 for a student leader and to between $25,000 and $125,000 for unions or student federations.
In all cases, the fines will double for repeat offenders.
“It’s a declaration of war, not only against students but also against anyone who clings in any way to democracy, against anyone who clings to what Quebec was before this legislation was tabled,” said student leader Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois. (Allen McInnis/The Gazette)