August 20, 2014 12:51 pm
Updated: August 20, 2014 8:11 pm

Bill 3 public hearings open in Quebec City


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.

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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.

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The demonstrations come just after protesters stormed city hall in Montreal on Monday night to disrupt a city council meeting.

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Protesters threw papers, knocked over chairs and plastered stickers everywhere as Montreal police officers looked on idly.

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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.

Montreal mayor Denis Coderre testifies.

Caroline Plante/Global News

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.

Gallery: Montreal municipal workers’ pension protest

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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