2016 vs. 2021.

The first picture is from April 22nd, 2016, and the second picture is from December 2nd, 2021.

2016: Grenfell students started to protest when then Finance Minister Cathy Bennett began her speech and presentation. They held up a banner in front of the presentation screen and chanted loudly. Minister Bennett shook their hands and thanked them. Those students were not impeded or penalized by the university.

2021: A student protester taped a sign to the podium that said “Stop Vianne: No to tuition hikes and out of control spending” and stood off to the side during the president’s speech. The university banned them from campus.

Students protest during Finance Minister Cathy Bennet’s presentation on April 22nd, 2016.
Student holds up protest sign during the president’s speech on December 2nd, 2021.

Matt Barter is a fourth-year student in the Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty at Memorial University of Newfoundland, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Sociology. He enjoys reading thought-provoking articles, walks in nature, and volunteering in the community.


Leave a Reply


%d bloggers like this: