November 1, 2012
Que. student leader guilty of contempt
By QMI Agency
QUEBEC CITY — Student leader Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, who steadfastly refused to condemn months of student violence, was found guilty Thursday of contempt of court for inciting protesters to ignore back-to-school injunctions.
Nadeau-Dubois stepped down last summer as head of the CLASSE association after months of window-smashing protests that drew international headlines and eventually brought down Jean Charest's Liberal government. The student protesters had gone on strike to oppose proposed tuition increases.
A student at Laval University filed a criminal complaint against Nadeau-Dubois, who had told the CBC that students should ignore injunctions ordering them to stop blockading schools.
"We find it perfectly legitimate for people to take the necessary steps to enforce the strike vote, and if it takes picket lines, we believe that it is a perfectly legitimate method," Nadeau-Dubois told the CBC's French service on May 13.
Visual arts student Jean-Francois Morasse said Nadeau-Dubois' comments incited a subsequent blockade that prevented him from attending his classes.
Nadeau-Dubois could be fined up to $50,000 and sent to jail for a year.
Morasse's lawyer says he'll seek a jail term.
Several other students obtained injunctions against student protesters who blocked dozens of community colleges and university buildings, mainly in Montreal.
Many school officials kept their doors shut despite the injunctions for fear of student violence.