Letter to the editor 7, Nov. 6, 2014
I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the 3650 voters who cast their ballot in my favour to be the new chairman of the Lester B. Pearson School Board. Even though we lost by coming in with a respectable second, the numbers clearly indicate that Chairperson Suanne Stein Day does not enjoy the popular vote. In fact, in effect, she will be running a minority government, so to speak.
Tied in with the vote, there is more good news. Because of the low voter turnout, Minister of Education Yves Bolduc intends to announce a school board overhaul. Part of this overhaul seems to include a decentralization of powers at the school board level, decentralizing power to teachers and reducing bureaucracy. Naturally, Chairperson Stein Day is not too happy.
However, we must remind ourselves that most Pearson board electors are not satisfied with the status quo. With the support of the ‘3650,’ it is my intention to back all measures, imposed by the Couillard government that deal with accountability and transparency at the school board level. Moreover, I will staunchly defend the government with any initiatives to make matters better for the taxpayer, our schools, classrooms and, most important, our students.