Stéphane Laporte July 30, 2012
Original French Text: http://www.lapresse.ca/debats/chroniques/stephane-laporte/201207/28/01-4560284-leo-libre.php
The student conflict became serious when the people of Quebec realized the student leaders were serious.
“What you’re offering is totally whack. It doesn’t make sense. If education was free, that would kick ass!” If that was how Léo, Martine and Gabriel expressed themselves at their press conferences, the Maple Spring would have lasted about as long as maple taffy on snow. But it wasn’t like that. The student leaders expressed themselves well, with conviction and brilliance. They were therefore in the forefront of the media scene, with panache, each with his or her own charismatic personality.
Gabriel brought the charm of a young revolutionary. Martine brought the reassurance of having been at the top of her class. And Léo brought the sincerity of a responsible young man. Of the three, it is Leo that speaks to the greatest number of people. This is not only because he has made sensible proposals, but because of what we can read in his eyes. The eyes always say more than the mouth. In Léo’s eyes, there is no hatred, no aggression, no scorn. There is nothing but goodwill, intelligence, goodness, and gentleness. In this confusing time of crisis, his face was the most reassuring. There were even nights when he could have been the premier’s father and told him to calm down a bit. Later on, he said just that.