September 26, 2014

Montreal, September 26, 2014 – The Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA) is disappointed in the leak of what appears to be an internal working document of the Ministry of Education, Recreation, and Sports.

QESBA has been aware, as has the population of Quebec that this government is examining all ministries and the associated programs and costs. “It is obvious that the government is looking at everything. On the other hand, this government has expressed publicly its confidence in the school board system and we expect that those were not empty words. We are prepared to work with the Minister to make changes that will lead to an improved system for all learners,” said QESBA President David D’Aoust. “The speculations published in La Presse today are nothing more than that, and we are sure that the Minister will deal with those responsible for the leak.”

“Our community has not and will not hit the panic button yet, we are currently in an electoral period and this has offered candidates some very pertinent electoral issues. It underscores the need for people to step up as candidates and then for our community to get out to vote on November 2nd,” continued D’Aoust.

“QESBA has always held a strong partnership with successive Ministers of Education and we are building on that relationship with Mr. Bolduc. The Minister considers QESBA an important partner and we prefer to work directly with the Minister and his team than to chase rumors”, concluded D’Aoust.

QESBA is the voice of English public education in Québec.