Newsmaker: Harold Chorney on tuition conflict
Published Saturday, May 26, 2012 6:46PM EDT
MONTREAL - Concordia University Poiltical Science Professor Harold Chorney came into CTV Montreal to offer his analysis of the ongoing tuition hike-Bill 78 protest movement.
He did not mince his words in criticizing the provincial Liberal government.
"Charest has to understand that democracy has become a much more complicated exercise in modern society, there are large number of people who want to be involved," he said.
The Premier has become a polarizing figure, Chorney notes.
"If you ask the Parti Quebecois, nationalists in Quebec, they hate Charest, he's a figure of hate and detestation. If you ask the English speaking majority, they generally like him," said Chorney.
Chorney wouldn't predict that the Liberals would be punished at the ballot box but said that, "normally when governments see such disruptions, they are not much longer for government."
Chorney didn't salute the government for staying strong in its resolve.
"I'm surprised by the obstinacy -- a value-loaded word -- of the government and its unwillingness to compromise over what is not a large amount of money for them."
"I admire the students, their ideals, it's not very pleasant to be threatened with jail, tear gas and being beaten over the head," said Chorney.
Watch the full interview in the videoplayer at right.