Parlement de la rue

Imitating Parliament


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About the project Edit

Parlement de la rue is a Quebecois direct democracy initiative that mobilizes "reputable" citizens and invites them to vote freely outside by following a protocol that mimics the National Assembly, carrying motions that challenge the government and its prime minister. The first Parlement de la rue was in session for a month in the fall of 1997 - in the Esplanade Park in Montreal. This form of participatory theatre took place in front of the real parliament. Street parliamentarians were gathered in emergency session at the National Assembly in Quebec calling for a poverty-free Quebec. This striking form of citizen mobilization took place as part of a controversial reform regarding social assistance. It was here that the idea of supporting legislation to eliminate poverty formed.
Parlement de la rue then gathered in 2004 for a special session - bringing together once again citizens from different constituencies and various social movements.


In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

Parlement de la rue is a creative and activist citizen initiative that challenges MPs and ministers to address the problem of poverty in Quebec.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

The first session of Parlement de la rue brought members of the National Assembly and ministers, to meet with the members of Parlement de la rue. This meeting eventually led to an exchange of knowledge and the creation of institutional ties between poor communities in Quebec and the Department of Finance.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

The concept of Parlement de la rue was re-initiated by other Quebecois agencies, like in 2009 by Réseau Solidarité Itinérance in order to pass a homelessness policy.

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