QUEBEC CITY – Thousands of municipal employees took to the streets of Montreal and Quebec City to protest Bill 3 as public hearings open in the provincial government’s pension reform.
In Montreal, protesters dressed in red gathered outside Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard’s office on the corner of McGill College and Sherbrooke street, just across from McGill University.
The demonstrations come just after protesters stormed city hall in Montreal on Monday night to disrupt a city council meeting.
Protesters threw papers, knocked over chairs and plastered stickers everywhere as Montreal police officers looked on idly.
In Quebec City, the Premier has insisted extra security measures will be in place at the National Assembly to avoid a repeat of Monday’s protest.
The hearings started at 9:30 a.m. with presentations from Montreal and Quebec City representatives.
The province’s unions will speak in the afternoon.
Union leaders are hoping to negotiate a compromise on the legislation with the government.
When Bill 3 was tabled in June 2014, it asked all municipal workers to help re-pay part of a $4 billion provincial pension deficit.
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