I mean, really – could you ask for any purer form of infantile avarice than what we are presently witnessing with the red-square movement and their continued demands for a freeze on tuition?
Two years after parading through the streets for months claiming that a tuition increase of 69 cents a day was akin to medieval torture, it seems the next generation of Quebec’s entitlement class is gearing up for more disruption.
This time around however, they have little in the way of allies in the national assembly.
Love them or hate them, the Liberals have been voted into power for one very specific reason.
OK, what I meant was TWO specific reasons.
Reason #1 – They’re not the Parti Quebecois
Reason #2 – They stated during the election campaign that they’re not afraid to make some unpopular decisions in the name of kiboshing Quebec’s insane debt.
Let’s boil down the state’s collective debt situation to a more personalized scenario:
I just listened to a podcast interview with a man who, with his wife accrued $109,000 in credit card debt.
He talked about how he and his spouse committed to crushing that debt within 56 payments, and sure enough, they pulled it off – but not without sacrifice.
Mind you this couple had two kids (teenagers), whom they wanted to see in a good financial position once they were out of high school, so they certainly had motivation.
Sacrifices included cutting cable, no more restaurants, no more hosting dinner parties at their home, if one of their cars gave out, that was it for the car.
The kids had their allowances cut, clothes worn until they were completely done and no more visits to the cinema.
If You Didn’t Feel The Recession, You’re Spoiled
Unionized workers, public sector workers…these are the folks who didn’t even realize there was a recession.
While the economy took a massive nosedive and millions around the world lost their jobs, saw their interest rates spike overnight and felt the choking pain of seeing their stock investments plummet to the bottom of the market, the very people who supported the red-square movement were marching in the streets themselves for mandatory year-over-year salary increases.
Merit not required, the state’s financial condition unimportant.
What was important is that THEY thrived, despite the many hardships faced by the taxpayers who were struggling to maintain their own survival.
Quebec is now seeing itself at odds with many groups that rely on public funding.
When recent talks about implementing reforms to public pensions began, the first reaction of some police officers and fire fighters was to light a bonfire at the steps of Montreal city hall.
Also of note, eighty Montreal firefighters retired on the spot, causing the brief closure of two stations (such a move shows me they never gave a damn about the people they served, otherwise they wouldn’t have placed them in a risky situation).
The very people who stepped in to keep the students in order during the first strike are in conflict with the government at the time of this writing.
In the event that the student “leaders” (please don’t make me laugh) call for another one of the “democratic actions” (preventing tax payers from getting to work or being able to enjoy life in general), what can we expect of the state’s police forces?
The Paradox of It All
This time around, the students have no friends in the national assembly.
Even if the Parti Quebecois were to fight in their defence, the students will never trust them again after Marois sold their movement down the river so soon after being elected to power.
The CAQ would very clearly side with the Liberals on this one (save for maybe one or two very minor lip-serice concessions).
This time the government would be in a position the quash this ridiculous “student movement” and finally make them accept their financial responsibilities…
…but with their troops not willing to lend full support to make things happen, this perfect situation is completely spoiled by a mindset that risks keeping Quebec two centuries behind.
Let’s hope Couillard doesn’t give up on his original plan like Charest did and allow the entitlement mentality to thrive at a time with the state is literally falling apart.