Prior to an election, Charest has divided Quebec society into a yes/no referendum - he has created a wedge issue.
Everyone knows Charest's side: tuitions increase. And it happens that the majority agrees with Charest. (Most people have no desire to pay more taxes to finance students.)
Marois foolishly fell for Charest's gambit and first wore the red square. Now she's not so public with the square. And the CAQ is eclipsed (since no one cares what Legault is wearing).
Of course, this whole thing could blow up in Charest's face. He's opted for a risky option.
Tuition fees? In progressive Scandinavian societies?
BTW, if you read about university tuition in Finland and Quebec, keep in mind that Finland has obligatory military service. Or Norway and Quebec? Norway sells its own gasoline to its citizens at over $2.60 per litre. (I pay about 5 cents per kwh to Hydro-Quebec - people in Boston pay over 16 cents per kwh.)
And before the Quebec-bashing starts, let me make a very serious point about Alberta, Quebec, Canada and Europe.
There is something sad about a place like Norway that has its own currency, refuses to become a member of the EU and then preaches to the rest of the world about how to be civilized.
The same can be said of the rest of Scandinavia, or Leftist/Socialists elsewhere who point to Sweden/Denmark as examples of successful collectivism. Why do Sweden and Denmark have their own currency?
AFAIK, Danielle Smith has no desire to create her own currency. Albertans (and people in Quebec) get along. We share a currency, and a federal governemnet.
Norwegians and Greeks cannot claim as much.
Edited by August1991, 21 April 2012 - 02:28 AM.