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Bullies, Terrorists and Cry Babies

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06/06/2012

The coward terrorists of Anonymous have gotten behind the cry-baby Quebec student terrorists and are now threatening to disrupt the Canadian Grand Prix on race day. As a result, the organizers of the Grand Prix du Canada have cancelled the Thursday pit-lane walkabout which has attracted over ten thousand fans the last few years it's been held.

Oh, the irony.

Many of the fans who attend the Canadian GP are returnees. They look forward to it all year, have to pay ever escalating ticket and hotel prices, but choose to return year after year to sit in aluminium bleachers in the baking hot sun (or pouring rain). Why? Because it's a damn good time, and entertaining. The atmosphere amongst the fans is usually beyond cordial.

I'd guess 95% of the fans are working class, average Joes. Not egalitarian, nor driving Bentleys or Ferraris. But the coward terrorists and cry-baby students would have the rest of the world think otherwise. And now, the one benefit to the loyal fan-base, a free day at the track, has been taken away.

Not that the free day is free. It's an extra day you have to take off from work, an extra night in a hotel and an extra night that you eat out at a restaurant and drink in a pub.

The extra 100,000+ fans who shell out pretty big bucks to attend pump millions into the Canadian and Quebec tax coffers. Should there be trouble this year, fans may decide to stay away in droves next year. Or worse, Formula 1 may elect to stay away next year as there are already two scheduled races in North America.

Let's state the obvious; less visitors = less tax revenue = less free money subsidizing Quebecois students.

If you're curious about the exact monetary value of the tuition increases for college students, have a look at this website. The information is from the government, but from what I can discern, there is no dispute from the students about these figures. By the end of the 2017 school year, tuition will skyrocket to $3793 (£2375) from $1968 (£1232) this year. That's the total amount, not the amount tuition will rise. Let me repeat: In 2017, college tuition will be $3793. Has that sunk in yet?

How would you like to send your kid to college for $5000 (£3131) a year? I'm hoping when my son goes to college the fees alone are less than $5000. There are plenty of high schools in the United States that are well north of $5000 a year now.

In reaction to a price rise of about $400 (£250) for next year, students have been rioting in the streets of Montreal for 16 weeks, with the Provincial government of Quebec introducing measures aimed at limiting masked protests and mass gatherings. Bill 78, as it's named, has drawn the ire of many Montrealers who have taken to the streets banging pots and pans. This is where Anonymous has stepped in.

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