Quebec angers francophones in the rest of Canada by opposing bid to gain more control over school enrolment

By Sue Montgomery, National Post

Francophones in the rest of the country are angry that Quebec failed to back them in their bid before the Supreme Court of Canada to win greater control over who can attend their schools.

The province, normally an obvious supporter both morally and financially for francophones outside its borders, disagreed with giving school boards greater leeway to admit students to French schools other than those allowed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Although Quebec’s justice department declined to comment while the case is before the courts, it appears the province was concerned that if access to French-language schools was broadened in the rest of the country, Quebec would have to broaden access to English-language schools on its turf.

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