Solidarité

Posted on February 25, 2007. Filed under: Personal Blog |

“Sol-Sol-Solidarité,” we chanted through the Ottawa Streets. If there was a theme to Feb. 7, solidarity was surely it. A rare assemblage of students from both Carleton and the University of Ottawa. Speeches from across the political spectrum. Rallies from Victoria to St. John’s, all timed to coincide. And a demand that Canadians stand in solidarity with each other so that those with better jobs pay taxes to support the education of those just starting out in life. The speaker from CUPE touched on this when he spoke to one of the central themes of the rally – accessibility. The idea that Canadians want to maintain a meritocratic educational system instead of the inaccessible model of our legal and medical schools which squeeze out the middle class and compel students to pursue the most lucrative careers instead of the jobs we are most passionate about. As the rally dispersed from Parliament Hill and we carried our placards and zeal off to the warmth of the Rideau Centre, the closing message reverberated in our heads: that the solidarity of February 7 is a beginning, not an end. The next step will take place this year at the ballot box.

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