Protest concerns cancel Canadian GP open house

Protester threats have forced organizers of the Canadian Grand

Prix to cancel the free opening day of the event.

Formula One fans were supposed to have access to Circuit

Gilles-Villeneuve at the ”Open House” event Thursday. Instead,

the event was scrapped because of security concerns.

The student group CLASSE has suggested the race be used as a

platform for the protesters’ demonstrations over tuition fees.

Quebec Premier Jean Charest in turn has been critical of threats

toward the race, which generates an estimated $100 million in

revenue for the city.

More than 300,000 spectators are expected to attend the June

8-10 event.