The Globe and Mail can eat shit. Their lede:
The fight over a proposed tuition-fee increase in Quebec is about something else now. It’s about whether decisions made by a democratically elected government can be overcome by force.
Commence whining about teh violins of teh mobz:
It would be one thing if the student demonstrators chose civil disobedience, accepted arrest and tried to win over public opinion by attempting to expose injustice. But they are not doing so.
Umm… peacefully blocking access to a CEGEP by creating a human barricade is a poster for civil disobedience. they HAVE chosen civil disobedience. Civil disobedience is precisely what they’ve chosen.
Also, a huge number HAVE “accepted” arrest, whatever “accepting” arrest means. Looking for solid source for these numbers, but according to wiki, 916 have had to so far. These arrests have been “accepted” even in the face of pretty extreme incidences of police brutality on the topic of which the editors have not a word to spare. Also, the several-hundred-thousand-body-mobilizing protests we’ve seen have been overwhelmingly peaceful — Wikipedia has the casualty count at TEN injuries. Throw on an additional 11 reportedly injured at the protest at the PLQ’s convention in Victoriaville last week and you get… 21. Twenty-one. Let that juxtaposition sink in: Multiple protests of ~200,000 people; twenty-one injuries. Just like The Day of the (fucking) Locust.
The Globe goes on to declare:
The hallmark of Canadian democracy is a peaceful settling of conflict.
Canada is just like every other democracy — the democratic process works great for the majority. For the minority… not so much. Canadian democracy — just like American democracy, just like Western-European democracy — isn’t working too well for the minority born after about 1980 who, to paraphrase the Globe — which is right, at least, in saying that these protests are about more than just tuition — need to shut up and accept that reasonable tuition, single-digit unemployment rates, a reasonable expectation to be able to buy a house, a reasonable expectation to be able to retire in reasonable comfort are/were all privileges reserved for their Boomer/Gen-X elders on whom we should now expect to have to depend and to whom we should be getting used to groveling.
Additional reason the Globe and Mail can eat a dick: They endorsed Stephen “who needs a census when you can throw more kids in jail for minor drug offenses” Harper last election, lest we forget. We should care about such an editorial board’s opinion… why?
Also: Why is it so rare to see an acknowledgement that a 75% hike in tuition is a big, huge-assed hike in tuition — a big, huge-assed step in the direction of the utterly absurd rates demanded by American institutions driving the student-loan bubble that’s probably going to precipitate the next major economic crisis if Europe doesn’t beat it to it. The future ain’t what it used to be.
Also: Another point that seems almost never to be made in the English language media is that it’s not even these, purportedly selfish and entitled students that would be hit by the planned 75% tuition hike. Those that’ll be hit hardest are those that will only start their post-secondary education five years from now. They’re doing unto their youngers as they would have their elders do unto them.