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November 4, 2019

QESBA Weekly Message

Week of November 4, 2019

Bill 40 - Parliamentary Committee

This was the first week of the parliamentary committee on Bill 40. QESBA presented on Monday, EPCA and QPAT on Tuesday and finally APPELE and AAESQ on Wednesday.

From all accounts, QESBA and our partners have represented our community extremely well and the message to the government was clear.  All of the presentations are listed and link below.

Presentations:
QESBA
DGEQ-Élections Québec
QPAT
EPCA
APPELE-Québec 
AAESQ
Link to QESBA brief

Statement from QESBA on the Minister's decision regarding the EMSB

The Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA), as a general rule, does not comment on the particular situations of our member boards. However, the trusteeship, by the Government of Québec, of the English Montreal School Board (EMSB), the largest English school board in Québec, is an exceptional event.

Firstly, the process leading to this decision of the Québec Cabinet has been less than transparent. The Education Department report on the EMSB has never been made public. Neither the EMSB nor the QESBA has seen the full report. A version of the preliminary Treasury Board Report on their audit of the EMSB was leaked to the media by unnamed sources, without including the comments of the EMSB. The EMSB has since reviewed and refuted some of the Treasury Board findings. Further leaks of the unreleased Education Department Report appeared in the media again on November 4th, the day the Parliamentary hearings on Bill 40 began.

All of this leads us to the conclusion that this process has not been as fair and independent as one would expect of government procedures.

Regarding the trusteeship itself, the QESBA notes that the mandate of the trustee is time limited and that control over EMSB initiated court cases remains with the elected Council of Commissioners. The choice of a trustee who is actively engaged in the English-speaking community was, under the circumstances, necessary.

The QESBA will continue to work with all of our member boards, including the EMSB, to ensure that our network provides the best possible education to our students and to represent the positions of our members to the Government of Québec.

Professional Development Session - Annual General Meeting

QESBA held the annual PD Session/AGM last weekend in Boucherville. A Survey Monkey was sent tot participant's on Tuesday. The collection will remain open until next Tuesday, November 12, 2019.

So far the survey has very positive results on the session that was based around Bill 40.  The Board of Directors will be sent the survey results in the coming weeks.

QFHSA celebrates 75 years!

The Quebec Federation of Home and School Associations is celebrating 75 years of parental involvement in education in Quebec this weekend during their annual fall conference. QESBA will be represented in marking this important milestone by Vice-President Noel Burke and Executive Director Russell Copeman.