Letter to the editor 2, May 3, 2018

The Circus at the LBPSB Meeting

Dear Editor,

Tempers flared over two issues at the Lester B. Pearson School Board Council meeting held April 30.

Once again, I was the 'public' in attendance and submitted written questions to all commissioners before the meeting.

The first was the matter of postponing school board elections which are slated for November 4, 2018.

The Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA) and, its counterpart, the Fédération commissions scolaires du Québec (FCSQ) want them postponed to the autumn of 2020 because they are worried about "electoral fatigue."

It was known four years ago that Quebecers would be asked to go to the polls for provincial elections in October 2018 and school board November 2018.

How self-serving of the QESBA and FCSQ for wanting to have their mandates extended for two years - with pay.

So far, two French parent groups have characterized the idea as being unethical since the request was made near the end of their present mandate. I had asked in writing, prior to the meeting, for commissioners to be polled individually. Chairman Noel Burke, a director of the QESBA, refused.

The second issue involved the secretive way the Pearson board appointed a commissioner last December. Because of the number of complaints regarding that appointment, the matter was to have been discussed at the next Governance and Ethics committee.

The Report on the Governance and Ethics committee meeting held April 24, 2018, states the "Replacement Process of a Commissioner " was "Tabled until the next meeting" in late May.

Meanwhile, item 16.02 of the Council Agenda called for a consultation launch on "LBPSB vision and values."

What a circus!

Chris Eustace


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