It’s a sad day for liberty in Quebec today. Check out this Bill 78 – Not quite what it appears.
It’s all about keeping students in line, no smashing up accommodation and being able to amend time tables and… Oh yeah and NO PROTESTING.
At least not without consent of the local rozzers that is, and if you do protest, then it fines for you.
PROVISIONS TO MAINTAIN PEACE, ORDER AND PUBLIC SECURITY
16. A person, a body or a group that is the organizer of a demonstration involving 10 people or more to take place in a venue accessible to the public must, not less than eight hours before the beginning of the demonstration, provide the following information in writing to the police force serving the territory where the demonstration is to take place:
(1) the date, time, duration and venue of the demonstration as well as its
route, if applicable; and
(2) the means of transportation to be used for those purposes.
The police force serving the territory where the demonstration is to take place may, before the demonstration and to maintain peace, order and public security, order a change of venue or route; the organizer must comply with the change ordered and inform the participants.
17. A person, a body or a group that is the organizer of a demonstration and a student association or a federation of associations taking part in the demonstration without being its organizer must employ appropriate means to ensure that the demonstration takes place in compliance with the information provided under subparagraph 1 of the first paragraph of section 16 and any change ordered under the second paragraph of section 16.
Or else this is going to happen…
25. Anyone who contravenes section 3, the first paragraph of section 4, section 5 or 7, the first paragraph of section 10 or section 11, 13, 14, 15, 16 or 17 is guilty of an offence and is liable, for each day or part of a day during which the contravention continues, to a fine of $1,000 to $5,000.
However, the fine is
(1) $7,000 to $35,000 if the offence is committed by a senior officer, an employee or a representative, including a spokesperson, of a student association, a federation of associations or an association of employees, by a senior officer or a representative of an institution, or by a natural person who is the organizer
of a demonstration; and
(2) $25,000 to $125,000 if the offence is committed by a student association, a federation of associations, an association of employees or an institution, or by a legal person, a body or a group that is the organizer of a demonstration.
The fines prescribed by this section are doubled for a second or subsequent offence.
I have to admit to being a little shocked. That’s the kind of underhand bill stuffing you get from the US congress, not the Canadian Parliament 🙂