Earlier this year, CSDM officials argued they would refuse to enforce the law before ‘proper consultation.’
The school board’s chairperson, Catherine Harel-Bourdon, would not grant media interviews on Thursday, but a spokesperson confirmed that the board plans to table a report at a meeting next week on how the bill will be applied.
“I’m really pleased about that, but I’m not surprised because I met with Mrs. Harel-Bourdon in June. We did clarify our expectation as a government and I think it’s the expectation of the Quebec nation,” said Education Minister Jean-François Roberge.
“Everybody should respect and apply the law.”
Opposition parties have also agreed that since the bill has been adopted, it must be respected.
During National Assembly hearings on Bill 21, the Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA) said it plans to take the government to court, arguing that the bill infringes on minority language rights.
“It’s their right to use some legal leverage if they want to do so, but as organizations, school boards don’t have any choice,” Roberge said. “They should apply the law.”
QESBA said it will discuss whether or not it will mount a legal case against Bill 21 at its next board meeting in September.