Bill 14: Lester B. Pearson board responds

Posted By: Richard Deschamps · 2/12/2013 3:59:00 PM

The Lester B. Pearson school board says the PQ government's proposed changes to Quebec's language law is unnecessary, and places further restrictions of English schooling.

It presented those objections in a letter submitted to MNAs.

In it, board chair Suanne Stein-Day states her and her board's opposition to Bill 14, objecting to, among other things, the apparent indication that 'the present government views the English-speaking community and its institutions as non-cooperative and non-collaborative sectors of the Quebec population as it pertains to the instruction of French in our schools."

In addition, she tells CJAD news the new rules fail to recognize efforts made by anglophone schools to adapt to the changes in Quebec society over the past half century.

"There is no recognition of that," Stein-Day says. "We have continually, continually increased the level of quality of French in our schools, and there is absolutely no recognition of our efforts."

Aside from creating more red tape, Stein-Day says the bill cancels an exemption for children of members of the Canadian Forces staying in Quebec temporarily, saying it would literally cripple one school board.

And it also changes the status of individuals from 'ethnic minorities', to 'cultural communities'; the distinction being, minorities have rights, and cultural communities do not.

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