More than 130,000 students and 14,000 workers were on strike today to take part in this mobilization which took place simultaneously in several cities in Quebec and around the world.
In Quebec, the march began around 1 p.m. at Parc des Braves, in the Montcalm district. The activists then marched through the streets of the city center to the National Assembly.
The young people behind this march join the movement Fridays for Future, calling for a global strike for climate justice. Environmental activist Greta Thunberg is at the origin of this protest movement which was born in Sweden in 2018.
The international scope of the event, however, did not prevent activists from giving a very local flavor to their demands.
“A third link is useless! chanted protesters, placards in hand.
The tunnel proposed by the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) and the bridge proposed by the Conservative Party of Quebec (PCQ) did not pass the test with the environment-conscious activists met on site.
Quebec as a metropolis is capable of having a lot better ideas than that to manage trafficlaunches a protester.
Me, I am very anti-third link, 100% pro-streetcar!adds another protester.
Several activists openly showed their support for the Quebec solidaire party, as well as the citizen group Quebec wants its tramway.
The mobilization ended in the middle of the afternoon, in front of the National Assembly.
Lack of seriousness
A few days before the poll in Quebec, several activists say they are offended by the lack of seriousness that the candidates give to environmental issues, according to Julien Perron, spokesperson for the Student Coalition for an Environmental and Social Shift (CEVES).
The Coalition calls for a complete exit from fossil fuels by 2030, as well as the taxation of wealth for reinvestment in public services and social programs.
What disappointed me the most was the absence of well-defined measures in their speechesrelates Julien Perron, at the microphone of the show First hour, moderated by Alex Boissonneault.
The debate of the main party leaders, broadcast on Radio-Canada on Thursday, did not change the situation according to him.
His comrade Thomas Harton of the CEVESalso believes that the subject of climate change has only been touched upon so far.
We saw it for two weeks in the debates: it was not discussed so muchhe said.
One of his wishes: that the citizens of Quebec have more options in terms of mobility.