August 18, 2021

Montreal, Wednesday, August 18, 2021 – The Quebec English School Boards Association has submitted the same open letter to the leaders of all parties with representation in the House of Commons to seek their positions regarding a number of issues of major importance to the English-speaking Community of Quebec.

The QESBA has long been involved in public policy issues in education and in the area of the protection of minority-language education rights. The latest CAQ Bill 96 infringes on the community’s Constitutional Rights, so much so, that the government has used the notwithstanding clause to ensure that the courts have no power to strike it down.

“Although Bill 96 is a proposed piece of provincial legislation, its potential national ramifications warrant clear answers from federal parties during the election campaign,” said QESBA President Dan Lamoureux.

“The questions will hopefully allow English Quebecers and indeed all Canadians to benefit from this information in order to make an informed choice before they cast their ballots for their local Member of Parliament on September 20,” 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.