Letter to the editor 2, March 15, 2018

Open letter to Finance Minister Carlos Leitão

A meeting held March 8 at McGill University, organized specifically for Quebec's Finance Minister to hear what the Anglophone community wants to see in the Quebec budget, was widely reported.

Characterized as "historic," the meeting was also attended by Kathleen Weil, Minister responsible for relations with English-speaking Quebecers.

While concerns, such as services for English seniors - especially in outlying areas - were reasonable, there was one request louder than the rest.

The Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA) complained that boards have to use monies from their operating budgets to "advertise" and "prepare" for the upcoming school board elections in November.

This is nothing new. That's the way it has always been for both the English and French sectors.

It should again be noted this association hired a firm last year to come up with a five-year strategic plan - a raison d'être - to provide a sense of direction. The plan will be revealed next month. QEBSA is hardly in any position to suggest how our tax money is spent.

Lastly, the small number of people who were present at the closed-door meeting do not represent the majority of the Anglophone community who have come to accept the reality of Quebec, and are proud to be its citizens.

Chris Eustace

Pierrefonds

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