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Quebec students challenge “discriminatory” law

FECQ disagrees with alcohol ban for drivers under 21

A student group in Quebec will take the government to court over a law that will ban people under the age of 22 from having any alcohol in their blood when driving. La Fédération étudiante collégiale du Québec (FECQ) says it supports zero tolerance policies for inexperienced drivers, but wants them to be aimed at all new drivers, instead of just people under the age of 22. In fact, they say Bill 71, which goes into effect in June 2012, violates Article 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which says governments must not discriminate against a group of individuals on the basis of their age. Léo Bureau-Blouin, president of the FECQ told Metro News that  “laws such as Bill 71 perpetuate prejudice.” Julien Boucher, a 21-year-old student from the University of Montreal has already expressed interest in being the plaintiff. Kevin Wiener, a then-20-year-old University of Western Ontario student, unsuccessfully filed an application to challenge a similar law in Ontario Superior Court last August.

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