Montreal, June 11, 2019 – The Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA) is appalled at the lack of consideration and respect towards our students, parents, teachers and community at the forced removal of three buildings from the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) in favour of Commission scolaire de la Pointe-de-l’Île (CSPI), the French school board covering a portion of the EMSB territory.
The EMSB Council of Commissioners has been working on viable solutions to help the overcrowding at CSPI but both the French board and the Minister have decided that these solutions won’t work for the French community at the expense of our students and communities.
“This is a very sad day for Québec’s English-speaking minority community, the government has decided that our voices don’t matter and that our students don’t matter,” said QESBA President Dan Lamoureux.
“It is our estimation that the government of Québec is penalizing their minority community. We have always been ready to sit and discuss with our French neighbours and successive governments for appropriate and smart solutions that will benefit all students and communities. This is a sad day in our history.” 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.