As I write this the sound of a helicopter hovering over Montreal’s downtown area is loud and clear. Once again the student protesters are out but this weekend they have a bigger audience. With the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix in town a more international audience is being informed of the plight of the students. Earlier today CNN International anchor and Montreal native Jonathan Mann appeared on the main CNN network and gushed about the beauty of his hometown and its bars, restaurants and festivals while pointing out that students in Quebec pay a pittance in tuition compared to the rest of North America and even with the proposed increase will still be getting a great deal.
It would seem that an opportunity to address a larger audience due to the visit of the Formula 1 circus may be backfiring on the students.