QUEBEC, Nov. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - The Jacques-Cartier MNA, Mr. Geoffrey
Kelley, 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 weathervane, Mario Dumont, has done nothing
more than to take the flavour of the day and turn into a battle horse, stated
Mr. Kelley. "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 Jacques-Cartier MNA.
    "By wanting to abolish school boards the ADQ and Mario Dumont have once
again disregarded Quebecers, and the English community in particular.
Abolishing school boards demonstrates a lack of seriousness on behalf of the
Action démocratique du Québec's leader, who obviously has not taken into
account the interests of those in the English community" , stated Mr. Kelley.
    It is worth noting that the English school boards include are responsible
for 350 schools, serving 100 000 students in 1 200 of Québec's municipalities.
Transferring school boards' powers to municipalities would cause unprecedented
    Unfortunately, it is not surprising to see Mario Dumont and the ADQ
disregard the concerns of Québec's English speaking community. Abolishing our
school boards would be but another means of curtailing our power and by not
suggesting an alternative, the ADQ is boxing us into a corner with no clear
way out. And this is by no means the first time that the ADQ has tried to
attack and weaken Québec's English community. Lest we forget that Mario Dumont
was side by side of the YES bus with Jacques Parizeau and Lucien Bouchard
during the 1995 referendum. Furthermore, less than eight months ago, when MNAs
were being sworn in at the National Assembly, the ADQ removed the Canadian
flag from the background, leaving only multiple Québec flags instead. The
Liberal Party however, was the only political party to include the Canadian
flag during the swearing in process. Obviously Mario Dumont is no friend of
Québec's English community and this last act of desperation is further proof
of that. The only time that the ADQ or Mario Dumont address Québec's English
community with any meaning, is when they are trying to get our votes. The rest
of the time we are expendable.
    "On our behalf, we want to maintain school boards, as well as offer our
children quality services. 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 Kelley.
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