Letter to the editor 9, April 6, 2017

Director-General of Quebec Elections: Say ‘NO’ to QESBA!

Dear Editor,

No sooner have members of the Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA) returned from the costly National School Boards Association Conference in Denver, Colorado where they presented a workshop bad-mouthing Quebec, it's been reported the Association passed a resolution asking the government to extend their current mandate.

They claim that with municipal elections this November and provincial elections slated for October 2018, having school board elections in November 2018 would be a burden to voters because there would be too many "pancartes" (placards) out there.

The Association has asked for "a six-month delay" to May 2019. What claptrap!

Consider these facts:

  • The English Montreal and Lester B. Pearson school boards are being investigated by not only the province's anti-corruption unit (UPAC), but also by the provincial auditor. Findings are expected soon.

  • QESBA vice-president, Suanne Stein Day, who is chair of the Lester B. Pearson School Board was found guilty of violating the board's Code of Ethics three separate times in 2016.

That said, it seems to me that in order to clean house, school board elections should be held sooner, not later.

The Director-General of Elections should order them held in May 2018.

Chris Eustace


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