QUEBEC, Nov. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - The Orford MNA, Mr. Pierre Reid, describes
the motion deposed at the National Assembly last Tuesday by the ADQ leader,
Mario Dumont, meant to make the government fall regarding the question of
school boards, as worrisome and immature.
    "Once again, the national weather vane, Mario Dumont, has done nothing
more than to take the flavour of the day and turn into a battle horse, stated
Mr. Reid. "It takes a serious reason and legitimate motives to make the
government fall. Mr. Dumont is acting irresponsibly and wants to force Québec
into its second election in eight months", added the Orford MNA.
    Mr. Reid recalls that almost all of the school boards' money is used to
pay qualified employees that support schools' personnel and ensure the quality
of teaching and of the activities proposed to parents and their children. This
guarantee of quality is mandatory in the whole educational system and its cost
to Québec is no different than that paid by taxpayers of the OECD. Following
Mario Dumont's whims would not bring any savings to Québec.
    "Mario Dumont's idea of abolishing school boards is an affront to the
citizens' of regions who had a high voter turnout rate, demonstrating their
support for this structure. Coming from an MNA who represents a regional
riding, it is difficult to understand!", noted the Orford MNA.
    "Mr. Dumont, why go after people of good will? Why debase professionals
and specialists that take care of our children? If you do not like the work
being done by school boards, say it! There is surely a way to improve things
without bringing disorder to our education system", noted the Orford MNA.
    Mr. Reid recalls that last March, the government took eight commitments,
including reports cards with numbered grades. At the end of 2007, all eight
commitments will have been achieved and Québec will be better off because of
    "Our political party has the education of young people at its heart and
we will continue to work for the well-being of the next generation", concluded
MNA Reid.
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