Bill 40 will not apply to English school boards as long as there is no judgment on their legal challenge. Judge Sylvain Lussier of the Superior Court partially accepted their request for an injunction on Monday. The Legault government intends to appeal.
The Association of Anglophone School Boards of Quebec (ACSAQ), the Lester B. Pearson School Board and Adam Gordon, President of the Parents’ Committee of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board, contest the abolition of school boards by the Legault government because it violates, according to them, the rights of the English-speaking minority guaranteed by section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
“We are very pleased with today’s decision, which has the effect of suspending the application of Bill 40 for English-language school boards pending a decision on the merits of the case”, QESBA President Dan Lamoureux responded. Given that our school boards have very little time to organize the school elections, scheduled for November 1, we hope the government will not appeal this decision. Bill 40 was to apply on November 5 to English-language school boards, ten months after the abolition of French-language school boards, which were replaced by school service centers.
His hope was short-lived. The ink had barely dried on the judgment that the Minister of Education, Jean-François Roberge confirmed at a press conference that the government was going to appeal this judgment. “We are convinced that Bill 40 respects the rights of the English-speaking community,” said his press secretary, Francis Bouchard.
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