Quebec Premier Francois Legault, flanked by Quebec Deputy premier and Public Security Minister Genevieve Guilbault, left, and Quebec Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Andree Laforest walks to a news conference to announces an action plan on floods, Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at the legislature in Quebec City.
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A group of students has camped out outside the Coalition Avenir Québec’s general council being held this weekend at the Plaza Centre Ville hotel in Montreal.The students from La planète s’invite à l’Université, Pour le futur Mtl and Devoir Environnemental Collectif showed up around noon at the downtown hotel to demand a meeting with Premier François Legault, Environment Minister Benoit Charette and Education Minister Jean-François Roberge, because the main subject of the CAQ general council is the protection of the environment.“While important decisions about the environment are being discussed, young people demand to be heard during this consultation that will determine the future of our generation,” the groups wrote in a statement.Legault said he would not meet with the group this weekend.“I’m very open to listen to the contributions of citizens’ groups and activist groups,” Legault said during a media scrum. “However, the CAQ is not at the service of activist groups. It is at the service of all Quebecers; it’s important to remember that.”Louis Couillard, the co-spokesperson for La Planète s’invite à l’Université said he saw the CAQ general council as an opportunity to let party members know that young people have been demonstrating every Friday over 14 consecutive weeks to demand action on climate change.“We, like other young people are very concerned about the future,” Couillard said.Related