Reflecting on the legacy of the 2012 Maple Spring protests

February 16, 2022
On the 10-year anniversary of the Maple Spring protests, the Montreal Gazette and CTV News discuss the legacy of the tuition hike protests, which saw almost 200,000 students boycotting their classes. Martine Desjardins, who was president of the Fédération étudiante universitaire du Quebec in 2011, says that the uprisings showed that students can organize themselves and create change. Université de Montréal Professor Pascale Dufour noted that student participation in Maple Spring was beneficial for students. “These young people find themselves in all sorts of positions today in progressive organizations,” said Dufour. “They have brought a breath of fresh air to a lot of community groups, many of which were at a critical point and really needed to pass the baton to the new generation. …. So all of society profits from that.” Montreal Gazette | CTV News (Video) (QC)