Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois resigns as co-spokesperson of CLASSE
August 9, 2012
Bruised by the constant demonizing attacks from the Charest government, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois has just submitted his resignation as co-spokesperson of the Coalition off the Association for Student Labor Solidarity (CLASSE) in an effort to reinvigorate the organization.
In an interview with Le Devoir, Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois did not hide his weariness with the “verbal escalation” of the Liberals over the last six months with “personal attacks and degrading innuendo,” suggesting even that CLASSE is actually “a nest of terrorists”. Mr. Nadeau-Dubois is particularly outspoken against the Prime Minister.
“I haven’t forgiven Jean Charest’s fringe remarks regarding the North Fair Plan. While there were serious injuries and extreme clashes going on outside, the only thing that the leader of Quebec had to offer were tasteless jokes with his business friends. It sticks in my craw,” he went as far as even calling Jean Charest “unworthy “.
Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois will no longer speak publicly for the duration of the student strike:
This letter is to inform you that I leave my office co-spokesperson of the CLASSE. After nearly six months of fighting with you, I am convinced that the CLASSE needs new faces. After participating in the national tour of the Coalition to the four corners of Quebec, I know that our struggle is entering a new stage. A step that requires a renewal: it’s time for me to draw my bow. I have done my part as a spokesperson, it is now time for others to take over.
I leave with my head held high and with the conviction that I have done my duty in taking part in a people’s movement. I am a student. I am an activist. And it is for this reason that now I will continue to advance my ideals. CLASSE, with or without me, will continue to do great things: I am not and have never been a leader. By my departure, I will demonstrate this beyond any doubt.
I go, but the movement will continue. What I leave is not the mobilization or struggle, or CLASSE: I leave my role as spokesperson. I’ll still be by your side, in the street and in the assemblies. I leave with the feeling of accomplishment, the feeling of having put forth the best of my abilities to build this magnificent movement. CLASSE needs new blood and I know that among my colleagues there are great people, ready and willing to take the helm.
This decision is not motivated by bitterness nor desperation. Rather, I am more convinced than ever of the need to continue mobilizing over the next six months. We’ve helped stir the political and social climate in Quebec and it is imperative for this to continue in the coming months and years ahead. The criticisms raised by Quebec youth this spring are far too deep to be settled by 35 days of an election campaign.