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Reflecting closely on both the crisis and movement against austerity in Greece here in Canada is clearly important, not simple due to the unprecedented nature of the latest events in recent history, but most critically because of the under-reported but very real impacts that deep austerity policies are having at home from coast-to-coast.
With former leader Gilles Duceppe taking over the leadership of the Bloc Québécois (BQ) from Mario Beaulieu, the only party able to threaten the NDP in Quebec has raised its game.
The Trudeau Liberals have failed to gain traction in francophone Quebec; Conservative support has been limited to the Quebec City area; and the NDP looks comfortably ahead across Quebec, a position Duceppe wants to overturn.
NDP strength meant the BQ -- the party that won 49 per cent of the Quebec vote in 1993, and made Lucien Bouchard Leader of the Official Opposition in Ottawa -- was looking at being shut out in the upcoming October 19 federal election.
The history of Canada would be considerably different if the Bank of Canada had hired Jacques Parizeau as Deputy Governor when he applied for the job in the 1960s.
With a PhD from the London School of Economics, a prominent career in teaching and research, and on his CV a string of public policy successes working in the highest reaches of the Quebec government, Parizeau, if anything, was over-qualified for the job.
On Saturday April 11, 25,000+ beautiful people marched for climate action in Quebec City, as well as 15 other Canadian cities. It was one of Canada's biggest climate protests ever.
We told premiers a simple thing: they can't act on climate and approve tar sands pipelines at the same time. And we want clean energy solutions, now.
The day was emotional, beautiful, powerful. This is what 25,000 people for climate protection looks like.
Missing in mainstream media reports on the recent wave of police violence against the growing street protests against austerity in Montréal, is any clear acknowledgement that this repression can be deadly.
Memories of the late Robert Fransham are on my mind over recent days.
Robert, a long-time community activist, retired high school teacher and cycling advocate, passed away due to "medical complications" the first days of 2015, complications that were exasperated and deepened after an incident of police violence last spring.
Cracks in the facade of austerity are quickly spreading outward on the streets in Montréal. Thousands upon thousands are actively joining a growing grassroots protest movement that is bold, broad and powerful.
Thursday's massive demonstration was the public illustration of a grassroots movement in motion, one that is not taking place at random, but that has been built over years. Important and intense debates are taking place about the nature, direction and tactics of this anti-austerity movement.