Letter to Education Minister Jean-François Roberge

A group of longtime community representatives have written to Education Minister Jean-François Roberge following his message in The Montreal Gazette this weekend. They are seeking an urgent meeting with the minister to discuss the situation at the English Montreal School Board.

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School boards: Discussions Progress, note Anglophones

QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers said the community is skeptical following leaked information that claimed English-speaking Quebecers would be pleased with government’s plans for the future of school boards.

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Poll Shows Quebec Anglos Do Not Want School Boards Abolished

A Léger poll commissioned by the QCGN, the Quebec English School Board Association (QESBA), the Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation (CEDEC) and the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) shows that 82 per cent of English-speaking Quebecers are attached to school boards. Some 55 per cent of Quebecers, both French- and English-speaking, do not agree with a CAQ government plan to abolish them.

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Poll – English-speaking Quebecers Views on School Boards

What do English-speaking Quebecers think about the current state of affairs in their home province? This five-part study is based on one of the largest surveys of opinion conducted to-date of Quebec English-speakers. 

Conducted by Léger Marketing for the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), the Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation (CEDEC), the Quebec English School Board Association (QESBA) and the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS), the survey was conducted via web panel between August 29 and September 4, 2019.

The poll sampled 1, 937 Quebecers which included 1019 English-speaking Quebecers, 773 French-speaking Quebecers and 144 persons whose first language is neither English nor French. The survey has a margin of error of 2.5 19 times out of 20.

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Mutinous rumblings of the English school boards defused?

The English-speaking community still has not digested the ban on religious symbols. Students submitted numerous questions on this topic to Christopher Skeete, Member of Parliament for Sainte-Rose, who spoke to the English-speaking community at an event at Bishop’s University in Lennoxville last week.

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Anglo Group, Quebec Education Minister Meet to Discuss School Boards

Following a meeting with Education Minister Jean-François Roberge last week, representatives of Quebec’s English-speaking community are cautiously optimistic they have the government’s ear ahead of its planned school board reform. “The minister gave us a good solid hour and listened carefully to the positions of the community, which were very well expressed,” said Quebec Community Groups Network president Geoffrey Chambers, who took part in the meeting.

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Macpherson: Legault makes a case against his own school-boards proposal

In his weekly column in The Montreal Gazette, Don Macpherson argues that Premier François Legault makes a case against his government’s proposal to abolish school boards by implying that English boards should be abolished because they can go to court to defend the English-speaking community’s schools.

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Francophone groups outside Quebec support EMSB’s fight to keep schools

In the wake of the government’s decision to transfer two English schools to the French schooling system, minority French-speaking groups outside of Quebec are standing in solidarity with Quebec’s English-speaking minority community.

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Parents, students left heartbroken as fate of 3 English schools hang in balance

Education Minister Jean-François Roberge pulled the plug on any compromise to save three English-language schools from being transferred to a French school board. The news is shocking, but it’s the way he delivered it that has left hundreds of parents with a bitter taste in their mouth. Geoffrey Chambers, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network, says that Roberge deliberately speaking to French media only is a sign of disrespect and shows just how disconnected the Quebec government is to the English-speaking community.

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EMSB discusses next steps ahead of imminent transfers

Officials at the English Montreal School Board discussed possible options to tackle a threat by Education Minister Jean-François Roberge to transfer three English schools to the French school board.

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