February 19, 2013

Editorial: Unrealistic protests


The students have decided not to attend the Feb. 26 meeting out of frustration that their side of the argument has thus far been given short shrift. The Association pour une solidarite syndicale etudiante (ASSE), a coalition representing about 70,000 Quebec students, has announced it will boycott the meeting.

Instead, the students will again flood the streets in an even more massive protest.

Marois and others have expressed regret that the students won’t be at the meeting, as that seems to be the most promising forum for mutual understanding, if not outright agreement.

But a spokesman for ASSE, Jeremie Bedard-Wien, was quoted in the Montreal Gazette last week as saying, “History has shown that this (protests) works much better for students than discussion. ... We could just as well be talking about pink elephants.”

Students in the United States have historically chosen protest during times of stress. But, most times, what was at stake was not something as fatuous as free tuition.

It seems as if the protesters would be better off signing up for an economics course.

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