May 25, 2012
PSAC lends its support to the student movement in Québec
The Public Service Alliance of Canada expresses its unqualified support for Québec students who are currently on strike and demanding a freeze on tuition fees and the abolition of Bill 78 which violates their rights of association and expression.
The PSAC represents many members employed in Québec universities. Their union will continue to support them throughout these historic events. PSAC also stands in solidarity with all Quebeckers who believe in fundamental human rights.
At its 2011 Triennial Convention, PSAC-Québec adopted a resolution demanding the abolition of tuition fees in universities and colleges and universal access to post-secondary education. Earlier this year, PSAC members attending the National Triennial Convention in Ottawa contributed $5,000 to the three main Québec student associations demanding a freeze on tuition fees.
As a member of the Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec (FTQ), PSAC will take part in the legal challenge of Bill 78 by providing financial assistance and legal expertise. Moreover, PSAC will seek intervener status in the legal recourse aimed at declaring this legislation inoperative.
This legislation undermines the fundamental rights of Quebeckers, including the right to peaceful assembly and the right to free expression. It abolishes the presumption of innocence for all actions taken during a gathering and transfers the responsibility to the organizers of a demonstration.
This legislation does nothing to solve the crisis that is currently rocking Québec.
Anyone who wants further information on the situation in Québec should contact one of the three main student groups in Québec:
- Fédération étudiante universitaire du Québec
- Fédération étudiante collégiale du Québec
- Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante
We encourage you to sign the petition demanding the abolition of Bill 78.
Date Modified : 2012/05/25