Five years Later, Maple Spring effects still felt in QC

March 2, 2017

La Presse reports that legal uncertainty still persists in the wake of Maple Spring, a 40-day strike that occurred 5 years ago. Reflecting on how Quebec has reportedly never since clarified students’ right to strike, former Cégep de Sherbrooke student and student association external affairs representative Olivier Mercier expressed his concerns that any legislation introduced by the government would tend toward the neutralization of student movement. Recently, a CEGEP student has been compensated over $6K for a “delay in his professional career” caused by the Maple Spring strike five years ago, to be paid by the student association of the St-Laurent CEGEP. The small claims court dismissed the student association’s argument that the strike was the right of freedom of expression. Montreal Gazette | La Presse (Maple Spring)