After starting different threads on Canadian issues, which tend to get only a few replies, I've decided it would be more convenient to create a single thread dedicated to the discussion of Canadian news and politics. The big event in Canada right now, IMO, is the Quebec student strike. Post-secondary students from all across the province have been protesting for 3 months now against the planned tuition hikes of Jean Charest's Liberal government. There has been massive mobilization in the streets, with rallies drawing hundreds of thousands of people. Right-wing critics like to harp on the fact that Quebec students already enjoy the lowest tuition in Canada, and will continue to do so even after the proposed hikes. But I think this is a matter of principle. Rather than having Quebec students pay more, all the provinces should be making higher education more accessible to all, en route to an ultimate goal of free education (as they have in France). The police have responded with violence. About a month ago a student was hit in the face with a tear gas canister and lost an eye. Now another student has been put in a coma after getting shot in the face and doctors expect him to die: Workers and students need to mobilize for a 24-hour general strike to bring down Charest! The government's violent repression of its own people cannot go unanswered.