A Superior Court Judge rejected a request by the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) for an injunction to prevent the transfer of two east-end schools the overcrowded French system. EMSB argued the government’s decision to take away the schools violated minority language rights guaranteed in the Constitution. In an interview with Canadian Press, QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers said he “hoped and expected” the EMSB will pursue the case. “This is not the last batch of kids that are going to face this,” he said. “And if we don’t establish what the limit of the government rights of intervention are, these problems are just going to continue.”
Calling the situation “serious and troubling,” the Quebec government has launched a sweeping administrative investigation into allegations of chronic mismanagement and ethical transgressions at the English Montreal School Board.
But Education Minister Jean-François Roberge has denied the inquiry is a political move designed to intimidate the board, which is among many that oppose the government’s plans to transform boards into service centres.
“They are two totally separate issues,” Roberge told reporters, announcing what will be a nine-month “exhaustive” inquiry into the EMSB with a report due in the minister’s hands by Sept. 10.
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