Quebec school board election candidates face off in debate series

Lester B. Pearson School Board Chair candidates Chris Eustace, Angela Nolet and Suanne Stein Day pictured with Senior Anchor Jamie Orchard. Global News
Senior anchor Jamie Orchard with Riverside School Board Chair candidates Dan Lamoureux and Tanveer Naseer. Global News
Senior anchor Jamie Orchard with Riverside School Board Chair candidates Steve Bletas and Jennifer Maccarone. Global News

Gallery: Take a look at the candidates for English school board Chair in the Montreal area

MONTREAL — Global Montreal is collaborating with the Quebec English School Boards Association to broadcast a series of debates by candidates for the position of Chairman of the four Montreal-region school boards.

The Education Minister will question each of the candidates during the debates, and Global Montreal has also collected questions from stakeholders in each school board, as well as from parents, teachers and administrators.

READ MORE: How to make sure you’re eligible to vote for an English school board

This election is a critical one for the English community as Minister Yves Bolduc has said publicly that the upcoming school board elections will represent “a test of credibility” for the province’s 69 boards.

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“If you think school boards are important, then we are asking you to express that by going and voting.”

“If the turnout is very anemic, then we will need to ask ourselves some questions,” the minister said.

The debates will be hosted and moderated by Global Montreal Senior Anchor, Jamie Orchard, and will air on Focus Montreal over the next three Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. and on Sundays at 8:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and again at midnight.

Debate 1: Riverside School Board

Watch: Candidates Dan Lamoureux and Tanveer Naseer from the Riverside School Board face off.

Debate 2: Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board

Watch: Candidates from the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board, Steve Bletas and Jennifer Maccarone take on the issues.

Debate 3: Lester B. Pearson School Board

Watch: Candidates from the Lester B. Pearson School Board, Chris Eustace, Angela Nolet and Suanne Stein Day are all vying for the job of Chair.

Debate 4: English Montreal School Board

Watch: English Montreal School Board Chair candidates Anne Lagace-Dowson and Angela Mancini debate.

Our debate sparked a war of words between the EMSB candidates, they issued the following press releases:

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Press Release Mancini Questioning Anne Lagacé Dowson (1)

Candidate for EMSB Chairman Anne Lagace Dowson Denounces Outgoing EMSB Chairman Angela Mancinis Sand Box Po…

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Turnout for Quebec school board elections has been very low over the years, hovering just below eight per cent for the last election in 2007, although the turnout for English school boards was more than double at 16.7 per cent.

Officials with the Quebec English School Boards Association, and the candidates themselves, are very vocal about the fact that school boards are the English community’s last democratically elected institution.

School board elections will be held across the province on November 2. Residents must be 18 years old and over to be eligible to vote.

For more information, contact the Quebec school elections site here.

Watch: What you need to know about school board elections