The Canadian Studies Center, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
invites you to a wine reception and talk by
Thierry Giasson, Université Laval, Québec City
2013 Québec Visiting Professor
Québec Students Strikes of 2012: Red Squares, Fair Shares & Boycotts
Tuesday, 26 November 2013, 4-6 p.m.
UW University Club, Colleen Room
From February to August 2012, Québec experienced important social tensions associated largely to its government decision to increase university tuition. Students took to the streets and their leaders entered in a tug-of war with the government to negotiate an end to a situation that was quickly deteriorating into a full-blown social crisis. During the thick of the crisis, many observers claimed the government had engineered and was fuelling the massive movement of protest. This presentation aims at addressing this very question. Using framing as its conceptual framework, our talk highlights how the government communicated its positions to citizens during the crisis. What were the core elements of the government's communication strategy? How did the government define the problem and the solutions? Which audience was the government communicating for? Did the government control the political agenda or was it stuck in a reactive position? Our conclusions are built on a quantitative analysis of all government press releases during the crisis, media coverage of the governments reactions to ongoing event as well as government responses presented during parliamentary debates in the Quebec National Assembly.
Thierry Giasson is Associate Professor in the Information and Communication Department of the Université Laval in Quebec City. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Montreal. Mr. Giasson is the principal investigator of the research group in political communication (GPCR) from Laval University. He is also an associate researcher at the Institute of Information Technology and Society (ITIS) at Laval University and the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship (CSDC) from McGill University. Thierry served as the Center’s Québec Visiting Professor in 2006-07.
This event is made possible, in part, by Title VI grant funding from the Office of Postsecondary Education, International Education Program Services, U.S. Department of Education; and, by a Québec Academic Initiative Grant, Government of Québec.