Megan Leslie

Member of Parliament, Halifax

Casseroles Night in Canada] Here's details of a Halifax, Nova Scotia event...

Starts: May 31st, 2012

Where: Victoria Park Halifax

In solidarity with the Quebec student strike and the popular uprising in Quebec against Law 78 and the Charest government, we will gather on Wednesday, May 30 at 8pm to join people across the country in banging pots, a form of protest that originated in Chile.

There will be a hosted discussion at 6pm-8pm about the Quebec Student Protest at the Dalhouse Student Union building and then we will be banging our way down to Victoria Park
Hundreds of thousands of students have been on strike from classes for over 100 days protesting the proposed 75% increase to fees under Quebec Premier Jean Charest’s government. In November 2011 approximately 30,000 people took to the streets and since then, momentum has been growing.

On March 22nd 2012 a mass mobilization occurred gathering 200,000 people.
Tuesday May 22nd marked the 100th day of the strike, with the biggest protest in Canada’s history bringing together 300,000-400,000 people. It was a sea of red, the symbolic colour of the movement.

In Nova Scotia, students paid the highest fees in the country for 20 years until recently; students here now pay the third highest fees in the country and graduate with on average $31, 000 in student debt.

Nova Scotia students and their supporters continue to put pressure on the government to re-invest in college and university, reduce fees, and drop student debt in order to achieve a truly accessible, equitable and just system . Yet the provincial NDP government continues to raise fees and decrease funding. Quebec (and Newfoundland and Labrador, where fees are half of those in Nova Scotia) is an example of how government’s can prioritize accessible education. For these reasons (and many more) many Nova Scotians are in solidarity with the Quebec student strike in Nova Scotia and are opposed to Law 78, a law that prevents these students and their supporters from organizing protests against these hikes.In solidarity with the Quebec student strike and the popular uprising in Quebec against Law 78 and the Charest government.

On Wednesday, May 30, starting at 8pm, people from coast to coast to coast all over Canada are showing solidarity by banging pots and pans everywhere!