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Premier Legault Attempts to Muzzle English-speaking Community

Statement by the Quebec Community Groups Network

Montreal, February 7, 2020 – This has been a difficult week for Quebec’s English-speaking community as our rights continue to be dismissed and our relations with the Quebec government deteriorate further.

On Monday, the Alliance for the Promotion of Public English-language Education in Québec (APPELE-Québec), an alliance of 16 groups representing parents, educators and the community, urged the Quebec government to seek a court ruling on the constitutionality of Bill 40, which seeks to abolish our school boards. Within hours Education Minister Jean-Francois Roberge rejected our suggestion of a reasonable and responsible way of ending this impasse over his ill-conceived legislation. This approach that has been frequently used in other provinces by French-speaking minority communities. We continue to maintain that abolishing our school boards and replacing them with powerless service centres does not respect our constitutional right to manage and control our school system.

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APPELE-Québec Deplores Government Haste in Involving Closure on Bill 40

Montreal, February 6, 2020 – APPELE-Québec expressed today its frustration and displeasure with the Government of Quebec’s decision to once again limit debate on Bill 40 by invoking closure.

Since the tabling of this complex and at times incoherent bill – it amends 84 separate Acts of the National Assembly – Education Minister Jean-François Roberge has done everything he can to restrict debate on his proposed changes to the governance of our school system. For example, he restricted the number of groups allowed to appear before the parliamentary committee reviewing his proposed legislation, forcing us to hold our own public hearings to ensure our community’s voices would be heard.

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APPELE-Québec Disappointed with Government’s Hasty Decision to Reject Court Reference

Montreal, February 4, 2020 – APPELE-Québec is disappointed with the Government of Quebec’s hasty decision to reject the proposal for a court reference to decide whether Bill 40 is constitutionally sound.

APPELE-Québec had asked that the Quebec government to submit a reference to the Court of Appeal in relation to Bill 40; An Act to amend mainly the Education Act with regard to school organization and governance.  APPELE-Québec maintains that it is reasonable and responsible to seek the Court’s guidance before Bill 40 is adopted or at least before it is implemented.

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Bill 40: Anglo organisations contest the reform

An alliance of organizations which represents English-speaking parents and educators question the constitutionality of Bill 40 on school governance. It asks that the bill be sent back to appellate court, or else the organizations could undertake legal procedure themselves.

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Anglophone groups want court to decide the fate of school-board reform

Anglophone opponents of Bill 40 say they are ready for a “costly and prolonged court battle” against the Quebec government’s plan to abolish school boards that oversee elementary and high schools.

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English-speaking groups ask Quebec to seek court guidance over constitutionality of Bill 40

The Alliance for the Promotion of Public English-Language Education in Quebec (APPELE-Québec), is urging the Quebec government to seek guidance from the Quebec Court of Appeal over the constitutionality of Bill 40.

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Court should consider school-board abolishing bill before it passes, English-speaking groups argue

MONTREAL — A court should consider whether Bill 40 is constitutional before the National Assembly votes on it, a group of English community leaders argued on Monday.

The group, the Alliance for the Promotion of Public English-language Education in Québec (APPELE), opposes Bill 40. If passed, the bill would abolish school boards in Quebec, replacing them with service centres.

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APPELE-Québec calls for further study of Bill 40

Following a hearing held on Nov. 18 on Bill 40; An Act to amend mainly the Education Act with regard to school organization and governance, APPELE-Québec, a coalition to preserve English school boards, is urging the Quebec Government to delay passage of the bill to allow for further discussion and analysis.

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QCGN Brief for Committee on Culture and Education Special Consultations on Bill 40: An Act to amend mainly the Education Act with regard to school organization and governance

The Quebec Community Groups Network (“QCGN”) has not been invited to appear before the Committee in the course of its special consultations on Bill 40. Nonetheless, the QCGN submits this brief to the Committee.

In addition to providing an excellent education to students, Quebec’s English public schools exist to preserve and promote the language and unique culture of English-speaking Quebec. Schools are key and central institutions of the English-speaking community of Quebec. The Government of Quebec must recognize and support the linguistic and cultural rights of Quebec’s English-speaking community.

 

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APPELE-Québec to host community hearings on Bill 40

The Alliance for the Promotion of Public English-language Education in Québec (APPELE-Québec) is hosting a public hearing this afternoon on Bill 40; An Act to amend mainly the Education Act with regard to school organization and governance.

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