55 000 out of 35 000 000 is not a majority.
I do not support Bill C78. That being said, I do not live in Quebec and haven’t had my life or education interrupted by student protests.
Implementing C78 was overkill, but the Quebec students who were protesting over tuition were unreasonable in their demands from day one. In my humble opinion, they should have demanded gaurentees on the ways the extra money would be spent to improve the quality of their universities, instead of trying to fill their own pockets.
As a student (probably forever) I would love cheap or free school, but I also value my education. I have to keep a job, apply for every bursary I can find, and keep my marks sky high. Should I burn out - I can take time off (which I have before) or get government loans at a dirty low interest rate. I’m not about to ask my friends who are working in factories, or worse - moved to the tar sands, to fund my education. It is not reasonably fair.
Anyway, the picture above made me think about the ultimate crapper of democracy - If 51% (or 35% e.g. Stephen Harper) of the population want something, the remaining 49% of the people in this country might have to suffer it. In the picture above the students are sending a message that the entire country should bend to the will of 2.85% of the population.
It kind of makes me contemplate becoming a libertarian sometimes. You know, individual rights, opting out of government and all that jazz.
But then I give my head a shake, and I realize that we are all in this together. All of us.
I added comments to this blog. Change my mind! The education and civil liberties of Canadians are always up for discussion here.