December 31, 2016
English Edition, No. 25
2017 Photo Review
September to December
politique is publishing a photo review of
September to December 2017, depicting the struggles and demands
of the various collectives of the people of Quebec.
The workers carried on the fight in defence of their rights
and of the dignity of labour. Steelworkers at CEZinc in
Salaberry-de-Valleyfield went on strike for over nine months
against the Noranda/Glencore Income Fund's demands for
concessions to their pension plan. They succeeded in forcing the
company to back down.
In November, the 1030 steelworkers of the ABI aluminum plant
in Bécancour, owned by the U.S. monopoly Alcoa, rejected the
company's offer to introduce a two-tier pension plan and create
working conditions with regard to job transfers and mobility.
Workers, environmental and community organizations, citizens
of different municipalities and several mayors continued their
opposition to the handing over of land to oil and gas monopolies
through Bill 106, An Act to implement the 2030 Energy Policy
and to amend various legislative provisions. On December 9,
2016, despite the massive opposition of the people in Quebec, the
Couillard government rushed to adopt the bill through closure. The
people of Quebec and the Indigenous peoples refuse to allow the
territory to be handed over to the oil and gas monopolies.
Women and their organizations continued to be at the
forefront of the people's struggle for their rights and to humanize
society. On the education and healthcare fronts, women workers involved
in early childhood education and those employed in healthcare
facilities put forward their demands.Their working conditions are the
learning conditions of young children, as well as the conditions for
the delivery of health care services -- they demand respect for their
dignity and their rights.
Support for the peoples of the world struggling for the right
to decide their destiny without U.S. imperialist interference and
threats was once again demonstrated. Actions in support of the
peoples of Cuba, Palestine, Venezuela and the Democratic People's
Republic of Korea were held. President Trump's provocative statement
with regard to relocating the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, the capital of
Palestine, was met with immediate militant opposition.
Below are photos of the workers and people in action in
September, October, November and December.
Take Back the Night marches held
in cities in Quebec and Canada from September 15 - 28 affirm women's
important role in the society and reject their treatment as "fair
On September 16, during the World
Days of Solidarity with Venezuela, activities in Quebec opposed the
threat of military intervention as well as sanctions imposed by the
U.S. on Venezuela. They denounced the Canadian government's support of
these measures and demanded that Canada oppose U.S. efforts to topple
the elected government of President Nicolas Maduro.
September 17 monthly picket,
which begins outside of St. James United Church and ends in front of
the U.S. consulate in Montreal, calls for an end to the U.S. blockade
of Cuba and that Guantanamo be returned.
Demonstration in Ottawa on
September 18, demanding the Trudeau government withdraw Bill C-27 and
its attack on workers' pensions.
On September 21, in Montreal, an
evening was held to raise funds for reconstruction in Cuba's regions
affected by Hurricane Irma
On September 23, Montreal
demonstration supports right of Catalan people to hold a referendum to
determine their own future.
On September 27, 4000 people from
across Quebec marched and formed a human chain around the National
Assembly to denounce the State's abandonment of community
organizations. They demanded respect for their autonomy and major
investments in social programs and public services.
A delegation of Kanehsata'kehró:non (Kanehsatà:ke people)
held a press conference on September 28, on the section of their land
annexed into Oka National Park. They denounced the illegal and covert
expansion of pipelines on their territory.
Also on September 28, in
Montreal, a demonstration was held on the occasion of the Quebec
Federation of Municipalities' Convention. Citizens from various Quebec
regions are demanding that the exploration and development of natural
resources serve the common good, not the oil monopolies. The Couillard
government's Bill 106 on hydrocarbons was particularly targeted.
On October 4, First Nations women
and their allies gathered for the 12th Sisters in Spirit Vigil in
memory of all the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
On October 7, hundreds
demonstrated in front of the National Assembly to demand that Quebec's
Bill 106 on hydrocarbons be withdrawn. Fracking poses a major threat to
the quality of drinking water for municipalities.
A tribute to revolutionary
fighter Che Guevara on the 50th anniversary of his assassination was
hosted by the Cuban Embassy in Ottawa on October 8, with broad
participation by friends of Cuba from Montreal, Gatineau, Ottawa and
On October 30, 11,000 workers in
more than 400 early childhood education centres held a one-day strike
across Quebec against concession demands from employers and the
government on all aspects of bother their working and retirements
On November 1, Cuba friendship
and solidarity organizations held actions in Quebec and Canada,
expressing the support of Quebeckers and Canadians for Cuba's
resolution at the UN against the U.S. blockade. The 26th consecutive
vote at the UN was nearly unanimous, with only the increasingly
isolated U.S. and Israel voting against it.
On November 21, infuriated by the
deadlock in their negotiations caused by the Quebec government, Quebec
paramedics, on strike since March, held an audacious action to shut
down the Ministry of Health in Quebec City, symbolizing how the
government has blocked negotiations.
On November 22, workers at the
ABI aluminum smelter in Bécancour overwhelmingly reject the
company's offer that would introduce two-tier pensions and working
A demonstration by unemployed
workers and their allies in Forestville on Quebec's North Shore on
November 24, demands the federal government immediately adopt measures
that will reduce the impoverishment of the population of the region,
particularly the unemployed. One such measure is to implement a
threshold of 420 hours of work to qualify for 30 weeks of employment
insurance benefits, which would eliminate the "black hole" period when
workers have no income but do not yet qualify for benefits.
On November 25, CEZinc’s 371 USW refinery workers in
Salaberry-de-Valleyfield sign their new collective agreement after
successfully forcing the Noranda Income Fund and mining giant Glencore
to withdraw their demands for concessions regarding their pension plan.
On November 29, healthcare workers formed a human chain around the
Sainte-Croix hospital, in Drummondville. They say that the starting
point to improving services for the people is that their demands be met.
On December 1, members of the
Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé
demonstrated outside the psychiatric wing of the Hôtel-Dieu
hospital in Lévis where one patient had sequestered another.
Nurses denounced present healthcare policies, including the high ratio
of patients to workers, which threatens both patient and employee
Montreal action on December 2
denounces British colonial Balfour Declaration that promised
Palestinian land for foreign settlement, one of many actions around the
world held on the occasion of its centenary. The criminal act by the
British empire is the origin of the genocide and theft of Palestinian
land as it created the conditions for all the atrocities committed
against the Palestinian people and lead to the declaration of the
on December 2, commemorates the first anniversary of the
death of Fidel Castro.
December 5 demonstration outside
the National Assembly during the
so-called public comments period on regulations for the implementation
of the Act on hydrocarbons. Demonstrators submitted a petition with
30,000 signatures against these regulations being imposed by the
government to serve the oil and gas monopolies at the people’s expense.
marked the 28th
anniversary of the Polytechnique tragedy.
Thousands of women and their organizations recommitted to ending the
situation where women face violence simply because they are born
female. In Montreal, people gathered at the Place du
Montreal against U.S. war preparations on the Korean
Peninsula. Similar actions are taking place in Toronto, Ottawa,
Edmonton and Vancouver.
In emergency actions the people
of Quebec and Canada stand with the heroic Palestinian people to
vigorously repudiate the U.S. President's declaration that the U.S.
considers Jerusalem the capital of Israel. Below are the Montreal
17, dedicated activists completed a year of monthly pickets in
defence of the Cuban people and their right to sovereignty, free from
the criminal U.S. economic blockade.
(Photos: CP, CALAS,
CHGA.FM, Halte La Ressource, E. Gabriel, RVHQ, CVH Mont-Saint-Hilaire,
CSN, Le Reflet, Le Courant, L'Hebdo journal, Métallos, TVR7,
FTQ, C. Giguère-Martel, FIQ, J. Nadeau)
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