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Lester B. Pearson School Board Bill 14 brief

Lester B. Pearson School Board Bill 14 brief

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School board’s brief on Bill 14 presented Tuesday (March 19) to the Quebec government by LBPSB chairperson Suanne Stein Day.
School board’s brief on Bill 14 presented Tuesday (March 19) to the Quebec government by LBPSB chairperson Suanne Stein Day.

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February8,2013MmeLouisetteCameronÉdificePamphile-LeMay1035,ruedesParlementaires3eétage,Bureau3.15Québec(Quebec)G1A1A3cce@assnat.qc.caMmeCameron,PleaseacceptthissummaryofourbriefonbehalfoftheLesterB.PearsonSchoolBoardalongwithitssubmissiontotheCommitteeCultureandEducation.
Tosummarize,LesterB.PearsonSchoolBoardis,aswasthecasewhenBill103andBill104wereproposed,opposedtoalltheprovisionsofBill14.Webelievetheproposedlegislationiscompletelyunnecessaryanditsbasicpremisesunfounded.Wefindtheeducationsectionsandregulationsoftheproposedlegislationtobeoverbearinglybureaucratic,unacceptablysubjective,unfairlyrestrictive,anddetrimentaltothegrowthanddevelopmentoftheconstitutionally-guaranteedEnglishschoolsector.TheproposalscontainedinBill14indicatestousthepresentgovernmentviewstheEnglish-speakingcommunityanditsinstitutionsasnon-cooperativeandnon-collaborativesectorsoftheQuebecpopulationasitpertainstotheinstructionofFrenchinourschoolsandtheuseofFrenchintheprivatesector.Thiscouldnotbefurtherfromthetruth.ThefactscontainedinourbriefattesttoourcollectivewillandenterprisetoenhancetheFrenchlanguageandculture.WestateherewithafirmandunequivocalvoicethattheEnglishschoolsystemispartofthesolution,andisnottheproblem.TherepealingofArticle3oftheRegulationrespectingtheexemptionfromtheapplicationofthefirstparagraphofsection72oftheCharteroftheFrenchlanguage,thatmaybegrantedtochildrenoftheCanadianArmedForcesmembersstayinginQuébectemporarilyisanabomination.ItmayliterallycrippleoneofourschoolboardswhileaddingverylittletotheFrenchlanguageschoolboardandasaresultaddnovaluetotheexperienceofeither.EquallytroublingtotheproposedchangestotheCharteroftheFrenchlanguagearetheproposedchangestotheCharterofRightsandFreedoms.Bill14proposestochangethestatusofindividualsfrom“ethnicminorities”to“culturalcommunities”underbothChartersasamatterofremainingconsistent
 
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orforconcordancewithotherQuebeclaws.Wefindthisassertionratherdisingenuousonthepartofthegovernment,asitknowsverywellminoritieshaverightsandculturalcommunitiesdonot.WebelievethatBill14isanoutrightattempttofurtherinhibitandghettoizetheEnglishcommunityandtotightenthealreadyoverlyrestrictiveregulationsgoverningEnglishlanguageschools.WecallontheleadershipofQuebec,tohavethecouragetostandupandsaythatALLQuebecersareequalanddeservethesupport,protection,andencouragementofitsgovernment,regardlessoftheirlanguageorethnicity.TheEnglishcommunity,andmorespecificallytheLesterB.PearsonSchoolBoard,willcontinuetodoitspartandmoretoensurethatallstudentswhograduateourschoolsareabletowork,live,play,andstayinaFrenchQuebec.Weneedthegovernmenttoworkwithusnotagainstus,andallowusthechancetogrowandflourishinQuebec.InreturnwereaffirmourcontinuedcommitmenttoensureourstudentsarebilingualupongraduationandmorethanabletobegoodandproductivecitizensofQuebecOnbehalfoftheLesterB.PearsonSchoolBoardanditsCouncilofCommissioners,wewouldbepleasedtoattendthepublichearingsrelatingtothisconsultationandansweranyquestionsyoumayhave.YourstrulySuanneSteinDayChairmancc.Chairmen,EnglishSchoolBoardsQuebecEnglishSchoolBoardAssociationLucieCharlebois,MNA,SoulangesYvonMarcoux,MNA,VaudreuilGeoffreyKelley,MNA,JacquesCartierYolandeJames,MNA,NelliganPierreMarsan,MNA,Robert-BaldwinFrancoisOuimet,MNA,MarquetteRobertPoeti,MNA,MargeuriteBourgeoysHenri-FrancoisGautrin,MNA,Verdun
 
ConsultationonBill14AnActtoamendtheCharteroftheFrenchLanguageandotherlegislativeprovisions
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Submittedto:TheNationalAssemblyCommitteeonCultureandEducationBy:TheLesterB.PearsonSchoolBoard1925BrookdaleAvenueDorval,(QC)H9P2Y7

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