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This Saturday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., several thousand demonstrators will march through the streets of downtown Montreal. Union and non-union, youth, seniors and families will march for the right to a decent pension for all. They will denounce the Couillard government’s Bill 3. The event is organized by the Union Coalition for Free Negotiation with the support of the Coalition Retirees.

The gathering will start at La Fontaine Park at 11 a.m. At noon, the march will set off for the office of Premier Couillard, on McGill College Avenue. The route, submitted to municipal authorities, is expected to go along rue Ontario and boulevard de Maisonneuve. The speeches will start at around 1:30 p.m.

An initial press briefing will be held at 11:30 a.m. in La Fontaine Park, near the intersection of Cherrier and Parc-La Fontaine. A second briefing will be held near the stage at around 2:15, following the speeches.


  • Protesters responding to the Union Coalition for Free Negociation’s call to action
  • Marc Ranger, spokesperson
  • Daniel Boyer, President of the FTQ
  • Jacques Létourneau, President of the CSN
  • Paul Moist, President of CUPE
  • Jean Carette, spokesperson for the Coalition Retirees

 WHAT:  March against Bill 3 and austerity


11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20

  • Gathering at La Fontaine Park at 11:00 a.m.
  • 11:30 a.m.: press briefing near the corner of Cherrier and Parc-La Fontaine
  • Noon: start of the march
  • Route mainly along rue Ontario and blvd. de Maisonneuve
  • Starting at 1 p.m.: arrival at the Montreal office of Premier Couillard (2001 McGill College)
  • Around 1:30 p.m.: speeches
  • Around 2:15 p.m.: press briefing near the stage

The Coalition comprises more than 65,000 white-collar and blue-collar workers, firefighters, police officers, professionals, and employees of transportation companies. It represents almost all unionized municipal employees in Quebec.   For more information go to: librenego.com.

The Coalition consists of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE-Québec) and its Municipal Sector Provincial Council as well as its ground transport sector, the Fédération des employées et employés de services publics (FEESP-CSN), the Fédération indépendante des syndicats autonomes (FISA), the Fédération des policiers et policières municipaux du Québec, the Association des pompiers de Montréal, the Regroupement des associations de pompiers du Québec, and the Syndicat des pompiers et pompières du Québec – FTQ.


Sébastien Goulet, Coalition Communications, 438 882-3756 – sgoulet@scfp.qc.ca