Both yesterday and today there have been further violent clashes between demonstrators opposed to the fee increases and the police in Montreal. Malicious property damage , personal injury to both protestors and police and innocent bystanders have resulted. One has to condemn violence by protestors. It is uncceptable and only damages the cause of the students in public opinion. Students have every right to peacefully assemble and make their dissenting views known without being attacked. But they must do it peacefully. Agent provocateurs and violent extremists need to be excluded.
At the same time it is long overdue for the provincial government to sit down and talk to students through their representatives and negotiate a compromise. A number of prominent intellectuals, professors and former trade unionists have called on the government to suspend their proposal to increase fees for a period of time during which calm negotiations can occur and further necessary study and debate about the future of post secondary education and the means to finance it can take place. This is a good idea that deserves support from all sides.