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Opening remarks by QESBA President Jennifer Maccarone to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Official Languages

February 16, 2017

Mr. Chairman and members of the Committee, thank you for the invitation to appear before this committee to discuss the Study on enumeration of rights holders under section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA) welcomes this opportunity to engage in a discussion with you on this topic that is so critical to our minority community. We stated in our previous appearance before this committee how important it is to consult with the English community of Quebec and for us to be fully recognized as a minority community as defined by the Canadian Constitution and the Charter of Rights. We remind you that the province of Quebec does not recognize our status as a minority community and as such these opportunities are of special importance to us.

The Quebec English School Boards Association represents the nine English-language school boards and one special status school board in Quebec. Counting 340 schools and...