Quebec Premier Postpones Vermont Visit

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Quebec Premier Jean Charest is postponing his visit to Vermont where he planned to meet with Gov. Peter Shumlin and other business and government leaders.

Charest was expected today to sign a trade and environmental protection agreement with Shumlin, and then attend events with the state’s business community at the University of Vermont.

Shumlin’s office says Charest will remain in Quebec City so he can attend debates in the national assembly.

Occupy Burlington and other groups planned to protest Charest’s visit in solidarity with Quebec students demonstrating against university tuition increases.

James Haslam of the Vermont Workers Center called the cancellation of Charest’s visit a victory for the people, but a Charest spokesman says the premier was not aware of the planned protest in Vermont.

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