“We need to say to our English-speaking fellow Quebecers that the way they did things, the way they conducted their school boards and their schools is the way to go for all Quebecers,” said Premier Philippe Couillard at a Liberal Party convention in Drummondville in May.
The government has since started over on school board reform.
The result is Bill 105, which allows school board elections to continue.
Members of the anglophone community at the national assembly Wednesday wondered where that plan is in the new legislation.
“This isn’t a bill that’s talking about student success, which is of course a bit of a disappointment because we’re back to talking about governance once again,” said Jennifer Maccarone, president of the Quebec English School Board Association (QESBA).
The anglophone community expressed outrage over Bill 86 because they said it infringed on minority English rights.
They agree Bill 105 is better, but argue that among other concerns, it still encroaches on some rights when it comes to making final budget decisions.
“They wanted to take away elected commissioners, so now they’ve kept that, but they’ve done nothing to facilitate or help these elections move forward,” said Mike Nalecz, vice-president of the English Parents Committee Associations of Quebec (EPCA).
However, some people question the English school boards motives and say QESBA just doesn’t like the fact that the government is giving more say to school principals.
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QESBA said they are optimistic the minister will listen to their suggestions to change parts of Bill 105.
“It’s a bill that we can live with, provided that there are necessary changes that are made within the articles in the content presented. As it stands, no, it will have to be modified,” said Maccarone.
“I feel things have evolved since the last time we saw each other,” Proulx told Maccarone later on during the hearing.
“I’m very, very happy about that. You have suggestions to make and we’re going to listen and reflect on what people have to say.”