QUEBEC, Feb. 12, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Ms Angela Mancini, Chairman of the
English Montreal School Board (EMSB) will take part at 5 p.m. today in
the public hearings on the Bill 60 to voice the Board's firm opposition
to the Marois Government's proposed legislation. Along with Ms Sylvia
Lo Bianco, Vice-Chairman of the Board and Ms Patricia R. Lattanzio,
member of the EMSB Education Committee, Ms Mancini will emphasize among
other aspects that the proposed bill is in total contradiction with the
Education Act, the Quebec education system's founding legislation.
During the media briefing prior to her intervention before the
Parliamentary Commission, Ms Mancini recalled the principles underlying
the fundamental legislation that defines our Quebec education system.
"Article 37 of the Education Act stipulates that the educational project of the school must respect the freedom of
conscience and of religion of the students, the parents and the school
staff. The proposed Charter is therefore in direct contradiction of the Act.
Is the Premier of Quebec aware of this? ", she asked.
Speaking on behalf of not only the members of the EMSB Board but also of
the teachers and executives, of their unions and of student parents'
committees, Ms Mancini further explained that the EMSB had always
abided by the spirit of the Education Act to the letter and made it its
duty to teach its students the respect of religious diversity and
pluralism. "We have reduced ignorance and prejudice, thereby fostering
a climate of respect and of acceptance of diversity. We wish to
continue to do so. Therefore, we ask you, why change what is working
well and makes us so proud?" she added.
A battle that is only beginning
Ms Mancini also mentioned that the EMSB does not intend to leave it at
that. "We shall fight by summoning all possible recourses at our
disposal so that this legislation can never apply to our school board",
she explained. "We will ask Minister Bernard Drainville: "which law
must we disobey?"
Other large institutions also concerned by the proposed Bill
The English Montreal School Board is not the only organization to rise
against what the Marois Government is trying to impose on Quebec
society, considered both an inclusive and democratic society. Ms
Mancini indicated in this regard that other important and highly
credible institutions such as the Commission on Human Rights, the
Quebec Bar Association, the Quebec Civil Liberties Union, the City of
Montreal, the Assembly of Quebec Catholic Bishops and Quebec
universities would also express their opposition to the adoption of
About the English Montreal School Board (EMSB)
With over 33,000 students across 77 schools and centers, the EMSB is
Quebec's largest public Anglophone school board. Established on July 1st, 1998 when new linguistic school boards were created by the government,
it serves 14 boroughs and six municipalities on the Island of Montreal.
Its mission is to support its schools and centers in their efforts to
educate students within a caring, safe and inclusive learning
environment, notably by recognizing and valuing the diversity of its
community. It provides all students with the opportunity to develop
their talents and achieve their full potential while recognizing the
skills and competencies of its employees and supporting their
continuous professional development. The EMSB fosters the development
of educated and responsible persons by providing a lifelong learning
environment and encouraging critical thinking.
SOURCE: English Montreal School Board (EMSB)
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Michael J. Cohen
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