MONTREAL — Tens of thousands of workers from across Quebec marched through the streets of downtown Montreal on September 20 in the city’s largest demonstration since the student protests of 2012.
Since June, firefighters, police officers and other municipal employees have been protesting against Bill 3, which would see municipal employees shoulder part of an estimated $4 billion pension deficit.
“Mr. Couillard, your social dialogue is nothing but an anti-social monologue, a boss’s discourse,” Daniel Boyer, president of the Quebec Federation of Labour, told protesters.
“One word: never. Never will we allow you to trample upon our pension rights. We have a pension plan that we want to keep. Every Quebecer has the right to live a pleasant life in retirement.”
To date, however, Couillard has said the government does not expect to make major changes to Bill 3.