QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers replies to Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier for Relations with English-Speaking Quebecers, Christopher Skeete’s rebuttal of Chambers’ criticism vis-à-vis the Coalition Avenir Québec government and the Secretariat. Listing the positive work the QCGN and the Secretariat for English-speaking Quebcers have done for the English-speaking community, Chambers highlights that there is much work that lies ahead. Listen to Christopher Skeete’s interview here.
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.
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.
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.
Brian Rock hopes to save English school boards from the clutches of the CAQ government, and he’s not alone. In January, Rock formed Citizens of the Outaouais for the Future of English Education in Western Quebec, or COFFEE-WQ.
A Montreal-based group has also arisen to combat the possible abolishment of school boards. The Alliance for the promotion of Public English Language Education In Quebec – APPELE-Quebec – will be among the network regional groups that COFFEE-WQ will work with and under.
People can get involved by emailing email@example.com or calling Rock at 819-968-4300.
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