School transfers and the state of anglo relations in Quebec

By Geoffrey Chambers, president of the Quebec Community Groups network

The English Montreal School Board (EMSB) received a formal 30-day notice from Education Minister Jean-François Roberge that he intends to invoke emergency powers to transfer three school buildings to the Commission scolaire de la Pointe-de-l’île.

In three weeks, these schools risk being lost to the English-speaking community even though the Education Act calls for an 18-month consultation prior to the closure of a school. There has been no consultation with local parents or the wider English-speaking community.

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