OTTAWA and GATINEAU, QC, June 1, 2012 /CNW/ - At the National General Meeting of the Canadian Federation of Students, delegates voted unanimously to condemn Québec's Law 78. Passed on May 18, Law 78 criminalizes students' rights to assembly, association and expression in Québec.
"Inspired by the resistance of students in Québec's, students' unions across Canada passed this emergency motion to support students in their fight to defend their public post-secondary education system," said Roxanne Dubois, National Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students.
The motion, served by the Graduate Students' Association of the University of Ottawa and seconded by the Dawson College Student Union, contained the following clauses:
|Be it resolved that member locals of the Canadian Federation of Students be encouraged to write statements condemning Bill 78,|
|Be it further resolved that member locals be encouraged to organize and attend demonstrations, direct actions, and engage in acts of civil disobedience against Bill 78,|
|Be it further resolved that member locals be encouraged to approach this year's honorary degree recipients and convocation speakers at their institution and ask them to wear the red square in solidarity with the Québec student Strike and in condemnation of Bill 78.|
The National General Meeting is taking place in Gatineau, Québec, until Sunday June 3. Nearly 300 student activists from colleges and universities across Canada are in Gatineau, Québec deliberating on how best to fight for an affordable, accessible post-secondary education system from coast to coast.
The Canadian Federation of Students is Canada's largest student organization, uniting more than one-half million students in all ten provinces. The Federation and its predecessor organizations have represented students in Canada since 1927.