Challenge to Quebec protest law suffers court setback

A protester opposing Quebec student tuition fee hikes holds a sign and a flag during a demonstration in Montreal, Sunday, June 3, 2012. An attempt to challenge Quebec's controversial protest legislation has suffered a setback in court.A judge has refused to grant a temporary suspension of certain provisions in Bill 78. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

MONTREAL - An attempt to challenge Quebec's controversial protest legislation has suffered a setback in court.

A judge has refused to grant a temporary suspension of certain provisions in Bill 78.

Justice Francois Rolland of Quebec Superior Court said there needs to be a deeper social debate before a court can intervene in the issue.

Lawyers representing student federations, unions and other groups were trying to get parts of Bill 78 — sections dealing with public protest — temporarily suspended.

Those same groups are also hoping to challenge the constitutionality of the entire law, later, in a separate case where they will argue that it violates basic rights.


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