Radical student group ASSÉ denounces PQ's secularism charter

Anti-tuition hike protesters in downtown Montreal on Sept. 22, 2012.
Pierre Obendrauf/THE GAZETTE

The ASSÉ student group — generally regarded as the reddest of the red squares of two years go — has come out against the PQ’s secularism charter.

The group issued a statement over the weekend calling the charter a “smokescreen” that aims to “hide austerity measures” adopted by the PQ government.

The group plans on taking part in a pair of demonstrations in the runup to a likely spring vote — an anti-charter rally set for March 21, and a larger protest on April 3.

An offshoot of ASSÉ, called CLASSE, was considered the furthest left of the three main student associations during the student protest movement of 2012. Back then, it was led by Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois.

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  1. George73 posted on 02/24/2014 03:52 PM
    Okay then. Since they took to the streets to denounce a Liberal policy that would see their education costs rise by the cost of a cup of coffee per day, lets see them take action against something less self-serving.

    They know that the PQ were two-faced when it came to supporting students. At least the Libs were upfront about it.

    Rather than mobilizing themselves to demonstrate on the streets - a tactic that may have brought down the Libs but now that the Empress pot banger herself has divorced herself from her own actions of civil disobedience/unrest will be unlikely to get her to step down from her ivory tower - how about mobilizing by simply voting the PQ out. Show her that she cannot buy your vote. At least the Libs refused to try too.

    And if you dont - then simply shut up, complete your studies ASAP and get out into the workforce and start paying some taxes to cover that education that you profess to be defending.
  2. clint posted on 02/24/2014 07:00 PM
    Spring must be coming......students in the streets.
  3. Christian Bernard posted on 02/24/2014 07:05 PM
    I'm against Bernie's Charter of division ... As much as I hate those Socialist/Communist/Separatist/Red Squared S... "CLASSE" (at the time) & the fact that they trashed my city in 2012 all for $70 a semester after tax credits and didn't respect any law , ETC ... Sleeping with the enemy like them would be hard to accept ...
  4. Tex posted on 02/25/2014 01:33 AM
    Funniest I heard was that the only day the students weren't on the streets was the day the new I Pad came out.

    However, this is an interesting split within the provincial left, at a very interesting time indeed.
  5. joeN posted on 02/25/2014 08:01 AM
    What difference does this make theses same people of entitlement don't even bother voting. Who really cares what they think? Or what they are protesting?
    1. GT posted on 02/25/2014 02:39 PM
      @joeN The 1st 3 letters of their group name best describes this group appropriately.
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