Quebec and the ROC.
Assembling 450 right-wingers in a dark hotel on a sunny Saturday presents a challenge anywhere in Canada, never mind in la belle province. But this past weekend, the fledgling Reseau Liberte Quebec (Quebec Freedom Network) succeeded, no arm-twisting required. At $25 a head, their event, “La droite s’organise” (The right gets organized), sold out two weeks early, packing a room on the outskirts of Quebec City with people eager to bring small government to a notoriously big-state province.
The meeting inspired quite a reaction from those who, to put it politely, don’t share their views. The day before, local union leaders held a press conference to denounce the RLQ. Saturday morning, someone dumped a load of manure on the steps of the hotel. By lunchtime, twenty-odd protesters had convened on the opposite street corner, chanting socialist slogans. The women’s bathroom was defaced with the words, “RLQ=fascism.”