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05/16/2012

Ontario's showdown with doctors; student protests in Quebec

Today we’ll be talking about a couple of hot button issues in Ontario and Quebec – a fight between doctors and the province of Ontario, and the much more heated fight between radical students and the government in Quebec. Editorial page editor Andrew Phillips is joined by editorial board members Gordon Barthos and Kerry Gillespie.

Why are Ontario's doctors so upset?
Ontario is embroiled in a clash with its doctors over the fees charged for medical services. Doctors are upset about the government's decision to cut back those fees but also about what they call the high-handed way in which the changes are being made. Doctors make a lot of money, so it's hard to see that they will win any popularity contests. But at the same time, the government isn't making the same demands of hospital directors, teachers and civil servants, so you can see how doctors are getting the short end of the equity stick.

Student protests in Quebec
The fight between the Quebec government and students over tuition fees is spiraling out of control. Some of the student protesters see this as a symbol of a much bigger social fight, along the lines of last year's Occupy movement. Where do they go from here?

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