MONTREAL, Sept. 20, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The Quebec English School Boards
Association (QESBA) looks forward to building upon an existing
relationship with Marie Malavoy, who was appointed Education Minister
in the Cabinet of the new Parti québécois government yesterday. "Madame
Malavoy is a former PQ Education critic and during that tenure, QESBA
had a number of constructive and detailed exchanges with her on issues
of concern to our students and our English public school network,"
noted QESBA President David D'Aoust. "Education is a vital and complex
portfolio. I have every confidence that this Minister will continue to
demonstrate wisdom, openness and leadership in her new functions."
D'Aoust noted that the Association will be seeking a prompt meeting with
Malavoy. Among the issues that QESBA will put on that meeting agenda
are three major ones: maintaining equitable public school funding, with
school boards given the flexibility and support to put those funds
fully to work for the students in the classroom; shelving a PQ platform
proposal to extend Bill 101 to adult students; and, securing a
commitment to hold school board elections, put off more than two years
ago. English school boards represent the only level of government in
Québec directly elected by the members of the communities they serve.
QESBA is pleased with the important distinction between higher education
and the youth sector underlined by Premier Pauline Marois in her
Cabinet appointments yesterday. "Separating the two dossiers is a
clear sign to us on the importance this new government is placing on
education and all of its dimensions," D'Aoust added.
The Association also expects to work closely with Diane de Courcy,
former Chair of the Commission scolaire de Montréal, who has been given
the Bill 101 dossier, among others. "Madame De Courcy has some
familiarity, of course, with English school boards. We hope to remind
her to our concerns as she assumes her new role."
Finally, QESBA acknowledges the particular duty bestowed on
Jean-François Lisée by the Premier to reach out to English-speaking
Quebecers. This task is in addition to three major portfolios that will
comprise his new Ministry. "We recognize and appreciate this gesture,
and are eager to exchange with M. Lisée," D'Aoust concluded. "That
said, we take the Premier at her word when she notes that she will
govern in the interests of all Quebecers. In that spirit, we expect her
office and her entire Cabinet to duly engage in addressing the needs of
the students and communities that we serve."
QESBA is the voice of English public Education in Québec representing
some 100,000 students.
SOURCE: QUEBEC ENGLISH SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION
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