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Quebec provincial police officers slowed down traffic on a major Montreal highway on Tuesday to pressure the government to settle their collective agreement.

The demonstration reflects the police union’s decision to ramp up tactics as it pushes for a deal with the government before the summer.

A video on the LCN television network shows several provincial police officers gathered outside on the highway near their parked vehicles on Monday, creating a traffic slowdown.


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Neither the provincial police union nor Public Security Minister François Bonnardel wished to comment today on the strategy that was widely panned in local media as a security risk.

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Some 5,700 Quebec provincial police officers have been without a contract for two years, and over the weekend union members started wearing red hats in addition to their camouflage pants to show their displeasure with the government.


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In September, almost 60 per cent of members rejected an agreement in principle that would have given officers a 21 per cent pay increase over five years.


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