What kind of society allows student law breakers — naive thugs — to take control of post-secondary schools and city streets without any consequences whatsoever?
Mexico? Syria? Somalia? No, actually, it is the City of Montreal in the Province of Quebec in Canada.
Strange, just a week ago, Matt Gurney of the National Post wrote that the Quebec government of Jean Charest had boxed the student’s into a corner. Well, who is in the corner now?
For example, check out this Sun Media link. This morning some students, armed with a court injunction that would allow them to attend school, tried to enter Lionel-Groulx in Ste-Therese.
However, they were unable to do so because they were stopped by masked protesters. And, as readers can see in the photo above, the police just seem to be standing in front of the masked protestors doing nothing.
So, what is going on there? Are we seeing another potential Caledonia when there is one law for most of society and one law for the thugs?
Well, in my opinion, it’s long past time for some tough love in Montreal. Millions of students in other cities in other provinces are watching. What is the official inaction teaching them? What is ignoring injunctions teaching them? Plus, what kind of message is the inaction sending to terrorists around the word?
In other words, the Charest government has to stop the pandering and pussy footing around. Confirm the tuition fee hikes. Support the police to do their jobs. And if protestors get hurt, or they lose their academic year, so be it. Such are the consequences of the students’ own actions!
No society, particularly a Western democracy can allow the continuous thwarting of the law.
Update: The Quebec Education Minister, Line Beauchamp, resigns. Here is a Google link to several sources that confirm that update. What difference her resignation is going to make is hard to understand given that many of the student groups want their own way — no tuition increases, if not no tuition fees period. Like I said in this post, some tough love is needed because the Quebec students cannot get their own way given the tuition fees in rest of Canada are much higher. Plus, Quebec gets billions in equalization!