MONTREAL, MARCH 29, 2017- The English Montreal School Board Council of Commissioners will discuss and adopt a resolution at their meeting tonight (March 29), opposing the recent changes to the provincial electoral ridings of D’Arcy McGee, Mont Royal and Outremont.
EMSB Chairman Angela Mancini has expressed the Board’s disappointment concerning the sudden, unexplained and unsubstantiated reversal of the Commission de la representation électorale du Québec’s February 7 decision, which would have maintained the status quo in the three ridings. On March 2 the Commission published its final electoral map in the Gazette officielle du Quebec (“the Quebec Gazette”) and merged the ridings of Mount-Royal and Outremont in to one electoral division and substantially changed the boundaries of D’Arcy McGee.
“These three ridings are in the territory of the EMSB,” stated Ms. Mancini. “We will be losing one Member of the National Assembly as a result of this decision by the Commission, which sadly answers to nobody. It is important for us as the largest English public school board in Quebec, we must take a stand since the needs in Montreal are great and the number of elected MNA’s should remain the same.’’
The EMSB is calling for no reduction in the number of electoral divisions on the island of Montreal and invited the Quebec National Assembly to express its disapproval with the proposal to merge the electoral divisions.
Copies of the resolution will be sent to the Premier of Quebec, the leader of the Official Opposition, the leaders of the other parties at the National Assembly, the Members of the National Assembly within the affected three ridings as well as to the Council of Commissioners of the Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeois. In addition, Ms. Mancini has asked that the resolution be tabled at the next Quebec English School Boards Association board of Director’s meeting for discussion.
Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213