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Victory for French minority community in British Columbia

Montreal, June 12, 2020 – The Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA) is delighted with and encouraged by the Supreme Court of Canada’s majority ruling in favour of the Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique (CSF) and francophone parents in their case on funding of French public education in British Columbia.

“Section 23 rights are the cornerstones to any linguistic minority community in Canada and cannot be dealt with lightly. Although education is a provincial jurisdiction, the Parliament of Canada deemed it important to enshrine Section 23 rights in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to protect minority language education throughout the country,” said QESBA President Dan Lamoureux.

“Today’s decision is an historic ruling. The QESBA is delighted with the decision of the Supreme Court for its measured deliberations and in continuing to enforce the protection of minority education and communities in Canada,” concluded the President.

QESBA is the voice of English public education in Québec and represents 100,000 students in 340 elementary, high schools, and adult and vocational centres across Québec.