A recent op-ed piece written by Quebec Community Groups Network President Geoffrey Chambers highlights how the relationship between English-speaking groups and the government has deteriorated. City News reporter Emily Campbell investigates the sources of this tension.
A poll by the Alliance for the Promotion of Public English-language Education in Quebec (APPELE-Québec) indicates that a majority of English-speaking Quebecers feel school boards play an essential role in protecting minority-language rights in the province.
A majority of English-speaking Quebecers believe schools boards play a key role in both the well-being of the education system and the protection of the community’s linguistic-minority rights. Commissioned by Alliance for the Promotion of Public English-language Education in Quebec (APPELE-Québec), the Léger Marketing poll was conducted between March 13-21, 2019.
QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers expresses his concerns with the Secretariat for English-speaking Quebecers in an interview with CTV Montreal.
By Geoffrey Chambers, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network
The Commission scolaire English-Montréal (CSEM) received a formal 30-day notice from the Minister of Education, Jean-François Roberge, who plans to use his emergency powers to transfer three English schools to the Commission scolaire de la Pointe-de-l’Île even if the Education Act requires a 18-month consultation before closing or transferring a school. Nor the parents, the school community, or the English-speaking community have been consulted about the move.
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Christopher Skeete, Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier for Relations with English-Speaking Quebecers, responds to criticism by QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers regarding the Secretariat for English-speaking Quebecers and the Coalition Avenir Québec’s attitude towards English school boards.
The lack of input from the English-speaking community on matters concerning English school boards and the transferal of English schools to the French sector is an indication of relations between the Government of Quebec and our community, says QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers.
QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers cites Supreme Court ruling to define English-speaking community coalition’s determination to fight CAQ plan to eliminate province’s school boards. “The court,” said Chambers, “… ruled that minority language communities have the right to control and manage the educational facilities in which their children are taught both to ensure and enable that their language and culture can flourish.”
While a major legal challenge for Francophones in British Columbia makes it way to the Supreme Court, language conflicts are emerging in other parts of the country. In Quebec and Prince Edward Island, organizations are asserting their Constitutional rights to preserve their linguistic school boards. The Francophone school board in PEI is getting financial support from the federal Court Challenges Program.
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A new coalition is counting on grass roots support to help fight the CAQ government’s plan to abolish school boards. The coalition, the Alliance for the Promotion of Public English-language Education in Quebec (APPELE-Quebec) is chaired by former Liberal MNA Geoff Kelley and one of the co-chairs is former senator and journalist Joan Fraser.
A coalition of Anglo groups is uniting to defend school boards from the CAQ. Former MNA Geoff Kelley leads the group and has more.
A new coalition of English rights groups, politicians and schools are vowing to fight the CAQ’s plan to get rid of school boards. The coalition, APPELE – Alliance for the Promotion of Public English-Language Education – says that minority rights are protected under the Constitution, and hopes it can change the government’s mind before it gets to be a legal battle.
Community leaders and organizations representing English-speaking Quebecers have joined together to form a provincial alliance to support democratically elected school boards and convince the government to maintain them. The new group, APPELE-Québec – the Alliance for the Promotion of Public English-language Education in Québec, was launched officially Thursday at a press conference in Montreal. The Quebec-wide community coalition will work to promote the continued existence of English school boards and ensure they are governed by commissioners who are democratically elected by the English-speaking community at large. APPELE already has 16 supporting organizations and nine observer groups.
Quebec’s education minister said those who oppose his government’s plan to abolish school boards are engaging in scare tactics when they say the move will hurt minority communities.
Former MNA Geoffrey Kelley is interviewed on CJAD’s The Aaron Rand Show on the fight to preserve and defend English school boards. Kelley is Chair of the newly formed APPELE-Québec – the Alliance for the Promotion of Public English-Language Education – a broad coalition of English-speaking community leaders and groups working to preserve democratically elected school boards.