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.
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.
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.
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.
French-speakers across the country are standing in solidarity with Quebec’s English-speaking community as the Legault government hastily begins transferring three EMSB schools to the Commission scolaire de la Pointe-de-l’Île.
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Education Minister Jean-François Roberge says he never planned to reveal his intention to begin transferring three EMSB schools to the Commission scolaire de la Pointe-de-l’Île during a French-language radio station interview.
Quebec Community Groups Network President Geoffrey Chambers expresses deep concerns over the decision made by Education Minister Jean-François Roberge’s decision to announce the process of transferring three English schools to the French School Board Commission, stating “”I think we’re entitled to some kind of courtesy and explanation […]Taking away our schools is just not alright. The EMSB has gone through a lot of effort to put together a reasonable offer. They are not obliged to do this. These are our assets that are supposed used for our kids.” Watch interview with Geoffrey Chambers here.
Two weeks before the summer break, students and parents of three English Montreal School Board, learnt that their schools were set to be transferred to the Commission scolaire de la Pointe-de-l’Île (CSPI). The announcement was made by Education Minister Jean-François Roberge during an interview on a French radio show. President Dan Lamoureux, President of the Quebec English School Board Association expressed outrage over the decision, stating “the government has decided that our voices don’t matter and that our students don’t matter […] This is a very sad day for Quebec’s English-speaking minority.”
QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers and Quebec English School Board Association President Dan Lamoureux, have real concerns about the Coalition Avenir Québec government and Education Minister Jean-François Roberge threat to transfer three schools from the English Montreal School Board to the Commission Scolaire de la Pointe-de-lÎe (CSPI). This, Roberge insists, is necessary to ease extreme overcrowding in East-Island French schools.
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.
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