Nadeau-Dubois says "Maple Spring" could spread

Posted By: Canadian Press · 12/31/2012 11:02:00 AM

One of the most prominent figures in Quebec's student movement says the sometimes-violent protests over tuition fees in 2012 could be a taste of things to come.

It started as a provincial dispute over tuition-fee hikes and ended with the cancellation of those increases by the Parti Quebecois government.

But the Quebec student movement also exploded into a massive movement that grabbed the world's attention.

Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, one of the students' hardliners, says the so-called Maple Spring was not a spontaneous movement.

He says the students had been planning to take action for two years.

The former student leader says the next battle line between the province and students could be drawn at free education.

Nadeau-Dubois also went on a cross-Canada tour to speak to young activists in more than a half-dozen cities.

He says he feels the next big protest movement could eventually materialize in Western Canada, over concerns about the ecological impact of the oilsands.

Nadeau-Dubois has gone back to his studies and has left the student movement behind.

He's completing a major in sociology and history.


photo: Globe and Mail

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  1. JohnH- posted on 12/31/2012 01:13 PM
    His 2 minutes in the sun have come and gone. And so has the public interest in their self-glorification. Hopefully, 2013 will bring some maturation within the infantile movement.
  2. alrev posted on 12/31/2012 01:39 PM
    I was hoping he would be busy with his community service instead of shooting off his mouth!
  3. Mike posted on 12/31/2012 04:56 PM
  4. darrell posted on 12/31/2012 05:17 PM
    What a jack++s. Why do you still give this coward the time of day. If we stop paying attention to him, maybe he will go away. If I had it my way he would be flogged in public in phillips square. Maybe it's time we the tax payers rise up and put an end to this bull crap these freeloading mouches put us through.
  5. LMAO posted on 01/01/2013 07:30 PM
    Well the PQ wanted the students the students vote so good luck Pauline.
  6. ronh posted on 01/02/2013 10:34 AM
    Actions speak louder than words.Whether one agrees with his project or not is less important than the freedom to organize and protest in a democracy.
    The vast majority in our society just sit back and complain with the usual pathetic, " What can you do".
    Since the demerger movement nothing has been protested in mass.
    The students walk the walk, and though I don't agree with much of their platform, they impress me by standing up rather than just murmuring their discontent.
    It strikes me that most people who criticize these movements are jealous of the initiative shown by others.
  7. Realist posted on 01/03/2013 02:34 PM
    This is more like a Maple Sugar Rush than a Maple Spring for M. Nadeau-Dubois. There should be no argument with student awareness and activism, this is how society evolves. The problem with Nadeau-Dubois's vision is the advocacy of anti-democratic means to achieve democratic goals; the physical suppression of discenters at meetings, preventing students who wish to go to school from entereing class rooms, no secret ballot in deciding actions and the support of violence as a political statement.
    There is a certain whiff of megolomania in his statements. The idea that the student protests grabbed the world's attention neglects the fact that what got the attention was the silliness and the violence behind the protest. In Les Miserables the students fight to death at a barracade only to find out that nobody realy cares about their ideals.
    Activism and involvement are important but so is a sense of responsibility for your actions.
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