Madame la première-ministre-élue,
MONTREAL, Sept. 5, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - On behalf of the Quebec English
School Boards Association (QESBA) please accept my congratulations upon
your historic election as Quebec's first Première-ministre yesterday.
During your accomplished career as a Minister and MNA, the leaders of
our Association have had a number of opportunities to meet and
collaborate with you. It is our hope that we can build on that
relationship with you and your new government over the coming months.
Allow me to immediately express my concern and relief for your personal
safety, as well as my admiration for the courage and calm with which
you dealt with yesterday's terrible tragedy.
QESBA and its nine-member school boards are extremely proud of our
English public school network, its record of student success,
world-class French second-language instruction, and its efficient and
transparent school board administration. It is, of course, a network
you helped create when you were Education Minister. We trust that the
newly elected government will establish the necessary conditions to
allow our English school network to strengthen and flourish.
Mme Marois, the test of a good, reasonable and democratic government is
always anchored in its treatment of minorities. That said, I remind you
of your promise last night in your acceptance speech to listen, as
Premier, to all citizens and to govern with reason and care. You also
assured members of the English-speaking community that they are
indispensable to Quebec's future. Our network of English school boards
contributes to the economic and social development of Quebec. Our adult
and vocational education centres are a vital path to a successful
future for many individual Quebecers, francophone and anglophone. The
mandate of these centres should not be compromised by extending Bill
101 restrictions to their operations.
QESBA is ready to participate in a forum that your party has promised on
the financing of and access to post-secondary education, including
adult and vocational education programs, and to use that eventual
opportunity to further defend our arguments against the application of
Bill 101 at that level.
QESBA understands that the coming months will be extremely busy and
challenging ones. We do hope that you will nevertheless find the time
to schedule a meeting with us. After all, English school boards
represent the only level of government universally elected to represent
the minority-language community in Quebec. We look forward to the
important opportunity to have a face-to-face encounter with you and
your new team to discuss issues of mutual concern. Perhaps, of equal
importance, we would hope such a meeting would help set the stage for a
dialogue of trust and respect between our community and your new
Thank you, Madame la première-ministre-élue, for your attention to these
pressing matters. We are confident that you will honor the solemn
mandate Quebecers bestowed upon you yesterday, with wisdom, compassion
and care. We wish you the very best of luck in doing so.
SOURCE: QUEBEC ENGLISH SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION
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