|EMSB DENOUNCES QUEBEC GOVERNMENT FOR EXCLUSION IN BILL 86 HEARINGS|
MONTREAL, JANUARY 13, 2016 – English Montreal School Board Chairman Angela Mancini says that the exclusion of four of Montreal’s largest public school boards from appearing at the upcoming hearings on Bill 86 is unacceptable.
The EMSB has already denounced Bill 86: An Act to modify the organization and governance of school boards. If adopted it will restructure the province’s school boards by limiting the public’s right to vote for school board commissioners. Neither the EMSB nor the Lester B. Pearson School Board nor the Commission scolaire de Montréal nor the Commission scolaire de la Pointe-de-l’Île have been included on the list of the 53 organizations be allowed to present to the government.
“Our requests to meet with Minister of Education François Blais have been repeatedly refused, so I guess we should not be surprised by this,” said Ms. Mancini. “It is simply another slap in the face of the English community. Does he not want to hear what we have to say? Is the Minister afraid of what we have to say? We have the highest success rate among public school boards in the province. We have a balanced budget. Everything is working well. Bill 86 will only destabilize our education system.
“I am very upset with the Couillard Liberals for their deliberate attempt to eliminate elected school board councils,” said Ms. Mancini. ‟Bill 86 is nothing but a power grab by the Minister. How can one level of government justify eliminating another? One tax payer deciding whether another tax payer can vote or not is an insult to democracy. It’s preposterous!”
The present school board councils were elected by parents and other tax-payers in November 2014. At the very least, they should be allowed to complete their term of office.
Michael J. Cohen