09/20/2014 01:13 EDT | Updated 06/16/2017 01:02 EDT

Pension protest brings out thousands in Montreal

Thousands of unionized municipal employees took to the streets of Montreal on Saturday to protest against the Quebec government’s proposed pension reform legislation, Bill 3.

The mass march—the largest yet against Bill 3 — attracted an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 demonstrators and closed Sherbrooke Street to traffic as the protest made its way toward the offices of Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard.

Since June, firefighters, police officers and other municipal employees have been protesting against Bill 3, which would see municipal employees shoulder part of an estimated $4 billion deficit.

Marc Ranger, spokesman for the coalition of municipal employee unions that is spearheading protests against Bill 3, had last week promised what he called a "human wave" of protests across Quebec.

At Saturday's march, Ranger said the mass turnout helps put a "human face" on the protests against Bill 3. 

"We're not from another planet, we are citizens, we are taxpayers, we're not the ones who are screwing other citizens like the Charbonneau Commission," he said, referring to the ongoing hearings into corruption in Montreal's construction industry.

More to come.