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Editorial: Stand up and be counted in school board vote

The Gazette Editorial

For the first time in seven years, Quebecers will have the chance Sunday, Nov. 2, to vote in school board elections. But if they don’t show up at the polls in great enough numbers, this could be their last.

The Quebec government has indicated the turnout in these elections will be a litmus test of how strongly people care about school boards. If voters don’t bother to cast ballots, this could result in their merger or even abolition, Education Minister Yves Bolduc has suggested.

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Opinion: Let’s show we care about our school boards

By Walter Duszara, Special to Montreal Gazette

The Quebec Community Groups Network has long held that strong English-language institutions in the health, social services, education and community groups sectors are the cornerstones of our communities. A strong English-language school system is recognized as being crucial to the vitality and survival of our minority-language community.  For many English-speaking Quebecers, the school board and its schools are the only English-language institutions in their region.

As it has been seven years since the last school-board elections, this year’s elections will be critical, particularly in light of certain comments regarding the future of school boards.

Although successive governments since the 1960s have reduced the number of school boards across Quebec, governance by elected community members has remained a constant feature.

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News report: School Board Elections

QCGN Secretary Walter Duszara is interviewed in this news report on Global’s Evening News Montreal show. He offers his thoughts on the upcoming Quebec English School Boards elections.