The Parti Quebecois has come to power in Quebec, after months of protests against the incumbent Liberal government involving hundreds of thousands of people, led by students but not limited to them. The new government has agreed to cancel university tuition increases, the original cause of the protests.
The new government also announced an indefinite moratorium not only on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, but on exploration for shale gas as such.
It goes to show what a determined and well-led mass protest movement can accomplish.
Click on Quebec’s Not-So-Quiet Revolution for cartoonist Ted Rall’s graphic report on the Quebec protests.
Click on ‘A beautiful day’ for environmentalists for background on the shale gas issue from the Montreal Gazette.