MONTREAL, AUGUST 22, 2012 – In advance of the upcoming provincial election, representatives from the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) are meeting with candidates from the main political parties in order to ensure that the concerns of the public school system are addressed.
The first in a series of meetings took place on August 22 when EMSB Chairman Angela Mancini and Vice--Chairman Sylvia Lo Bianco met with Wilfried Cordeau, Québec solidairecandidate for the riding of Fabré and the party`s education consultant, Olivier Bégin Caouette.
Taking center stage was the recent proposal by Pauline Marois, leader of the Parti Québécois, that would further tighten the language laws and restrict access to adult educational and vocational service programs. According to both Cordeau and Bégin, Québec solidaire disagrees with the proposal and believes that these students should be treated as independent adults.
Both representatives assured Ms. Mancini and Ms. Lo Bianco that education is an important issue for their party. They indicated that developing a constitution for Quebec, with the aim of representing society as a whole, would be the focus of the new administration. Said constitution would ensure that education remains a focal point of the government.
Furthermore, Québec solidaire is not in favor of the proposal by François Legault and the Coalition Avenir du Québec to abolish school boards. The party would keep the school boards in place, but through their proposed constitution, ensure that local communities are consulted and have an input in any reforms to the curriculum.