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Austerity-driven cuts ignite protests in Montreal

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Last night on the streets of Montréal thousands joined a spirited protest against austerity, targeting the violent cuts to the public sector currently taking place under the Liberal government of Philippe Couillard, occurring within the wider context of the Conservative austerity hammer coming down across Canada.

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Thousands in Montreal unite against austerity and petro-economy

Called by the Comité Printemps 2015 (Spring 2015 Committee), the "Popular Protest Against Austerity and the Petro-Economy" in Montreal on Saturday, March 21, was the spring's first major demonstration in what many hope will be a heated season.

Despite persistent wet snow and a low grey sky, the protest grew several blocks long, noisily winding through downtown Montreal for several hours on Saturday afternoon.

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| March 19, 2015

Non to austerity in Quebec: Demonstrations scheduled for Saturday

Spring is being welcomed in Quebec with a Popular Protest (Manifestation populaire) against austerity and the petro-economy this Saturday, March 21, called by Printemps 2015 organizers. Saturday's event in Montreal will be the biggest of the day, though others are planned around Quebec. 

Printemps 2015, named in reference to the "Maple Spring" student movement of spring 2012, pegs austerity and a fossil fuel economy as the forces to rally against. 

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| March 12, 2015

Energy East carries election issues from Quebec to English Canada

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TransCanada's Energy East pipeline has been catapulted to centre stage in Quebec. It wasn't on the public radar a year ago. But now, after a summer of energetic citizen mobilization against it, a phone survey in October indicated only 33 per cent of the population was in favour of the pipeline being built.

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PHOTOS: Anti-austerity protests in Montreal, Quebec City

Photo : Raynald Leblanc
On Saturday November 29, people took to the streets in Montreal and Quebec City to protest the government's austerity agenda.

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Anti-austerity marches take over Quebec streets

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All photos used with permission from Confédération des syndicats nationaux.

Thousands of people stormed the streets in Montreal and Quebec City this past weekend to protest against austerity measures proposed by the Quebec national government.

The march was organized by Collectif refusons l'austérité, a group that includes several union and student movements such as L'ASSÉ and Centrale des syndicats du Quebec.

Around 100,000 Montreal protesters descended on the downtown streets, making their way to Place des Festivals from René-Levesque Boulevard.

The anti-austerity movement inspired its own hashtag on Twitter: #manif29nov.

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Thousands protest austerity in Montreal, Quebec City

On Saturday November 29, tens of thousands of protestors took to the street in Montreal and Quebec City to protest the austerity agenda of the provincial government.

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