Letter to the editor, Feb. 6, 2020
APPELE-QUÉBEC is no real friend of the Anglo community
On Monday, February 3, the public was invited to attend a press conference concerning the Coalition pour l'avenir du Québec (CAQ) School Board Reform Bill 40. The meeting was instructive and revealing. I also felt an odd sense of déjà vu.
The talks by the speakers were almost identical to speeches criticizing Liberal School Board Reform Bill 86 - four years ago. The bill also called for the scrapping of commissioners and school boards. Seeing MNA David Birnbaum and former MNA Geoffrey Kelley slamming the CAQ's plan, which they strongly supported as Anglo Liberals, was surreal.
Putting aside the threat of am, "…costly and prolonged court battle," made by Geoffrey Kelley, the chair of the APPELE-QUÉBEC coalition, I found the reason for this possible challenge to the education reform Bill 40 very disappointing.
Since decisions involving students will be made at the school level, it seems the main complaint is the job description of the directors of the new service centres who would be replacing paid, elected commissioners.
The director's main responsibility would be to behave as a "guardian of equity ensuring decisions are made according to the rules" as stipulated in the Quebec Education Act.
What's wrong with that?