Quebec Liberals make election complaint against student organizations

July 18, 2012

Quebec Liberals have taken a pre-emptive strike against student activists, seeking fines for any student organization that makes good on a promise to get involved in the upcoming election campaign. In a letter to the chief returning officer, Liberal party director-general Karl Blackburn says the student group CLASSE is a financed front for anti-Liberal trade unions. "We are faced with...a possible violation of (election) law," states the letter. "Can you allow the large unions to openly finance this organization and other groups, without intervening?" Quebec Premier Jean Charest is expected to call an election next month following 2 rounds of failed discussions with student leaders. QMI Agency