Letter to the editor 2, March 22, 2018

LBPSB Governance and Ethics Committee

Dear Editor,

I was the ‘public’ at the Lester B. Pearson School Board Executive Committee meeting held March 19, 2018.

As usual, prior to the meeting, I submitted by email the questions and comments I would raise at ‘Questions from the Public’ time.

They were sent to the Pearson community, which consists of: all commissioners, parent commissioners, the directorate, Central Students’ Committee, Parents’ Committee and the unions and associations representing teachers, support staff, and professionals.

One of subjects I raised dealt with the recent controversy involving the appointment of a commissioner to fill a vacant seat last November which was indirectly caused by the resignation of then chairperson Suanne Stein Day.

Recall the controversy was about the board's secretive way of doing things which resulted in the Parents' Committee (PC) to create a ‘Commissioner Replacement Process Post‐Mortem subcommittee.’

On February 16, 2018, the PC wrote, as part of their report, this revealing sentence:

"Council was asked if candidates could be invited to a special meeting of the LBPSB PC and the request was refused.” Imagine: REFUSED!

Meanwhile the board is still deciding what to do. They referred the matter to the Governance and Ethics Committee, which has already met, but will meet again in mid-April.

Procrastination is a standard of Pearson's modus operandi. Diversion, though, is the board's favourite.

Consider the ethics scandal surrounding the board not too long ago. The board's remedy was to refer the matter to the Governance and Ethics Committee, which created a revised but weak 'Code of Ethics.'

Considering this issue deals with democracy and transparency, the Quebec Liberal Party, which prides itself with its ‘Code of Ethics and Conduct,’ should take a look at the aforementioned matter.

Chris Eustace

Pierrefonds

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