Écoles passerelles - Surprenant appui du PLQ à une motion péquiste

Québec — À la grande surprise de l'opposition officielle, les députés libéraux ont voté pour une motion qui exige du gouvernement Charest qu'il empêche les parents d'acheter un droit d'accès à l'école anglaise grâce à un passage dans une école privée subventionnée.

Si les mots veulent encore dire quelque chose pour le gouvernement libéral, il n'emprunterait donc pas la voie qu'a tracée la Cour suprême en invalidant la loi 104 qui empêche le recours à un passage dans une école passerelle pour obtenir le droit de fréquenter l'école publique ou l'école privée subventionnée en anglais. La ministre responsable de la Charte de la langue française, Christine St-Pierre, a indiqué au Devoir que le gouvernement déposera «très bientôt» un projet de loi en réaction au jugement de la Cour suprême.

Le député de Borduas et porte-parole péquiste en matière de langue, Pierre Curzi, n'a pas caché son étonnement hier. «Peut-être qu'ils vont vouloir jouer sur les mots», craint-il cependant.

Selon l'avis du Conseil supérieur de la langue française (CSLF), le gouvernement n'a que trois options pour se conformer au jugement de la Cour suprême. Il peut respecter la lettre du jugement et évaluer le «parcours authentique» de chacun des élèves dans ces écoles privées non subventionnées, ce qui revient à permettre aux parents qui en ont les moyens de procurer à leurs enfants un accès à l'éducation publique en anglais. Il peut demander à Ottawa un amendement constitutionnel qui ne vise que le Québec, mais le processus est long et le gouvernement n'avait pas le temps d'emprunter cette voie.

Enfin, et c'était la recommandation du CSLF, le gouvernement pourrait étendre la loi 101 aux écoles privées non subventionnées. C'est la solution que préconise le PQ, qui y ajouterait le recours à la clause dérogatoire.
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  • Chris G. Eustace - Abonné 20 mai 2010 21 h 59

    Bill 104 - Loi 104 et 'bridge-building'

    May 20, 2010


    Bill 104 - loi 104 - and écoles passerelles ...


    The story of this Le Devoir article: « Écoles passerelles - Surprenant appui du PLQ à une motion péquiste» is also reported in the Montreal Gazette: "School-access bill coming next month" - both on May 20, 2010, and dealing with the Bill 104 issue - access to English public schools.

    From The Gazette - an excerpt: "The head of the Quebec English School Boards Association, called Liberal support for the PQ motion "an additional affront for our community," saying she had hoped for a balance between "preserving and protecting French" and "the stability and security of the English public school system.""

    "...an additional affront for our community" ? Perhaps this perspective on ‘bridging’ will put things in a different light. You judge.
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    Let's recapitulate first:

    April 9, 2010 - En bref - Offensive contre l'invalidation de la loi 104 | Le Devoir

    http://www.ledevoir.com/politique/quebec/286621/en
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    April 22, 2010 - En bref - Écoles-passerelles: clause dérogatoire? | Le Devoir -

    http://www.ledevoir.com/societe/education/287459/e
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    Now let’s look at four recent published pieces from the English media:
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    May 19, 2010 - The Suburban - " School boards have not been leaders"

    letter to the editor - www.thesuburban.com
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    May 19, 2010 - Hudson/St. Lazare Gazette - "Pilon/Tabachnick feud erupts over letter"

    From the last two paragraphs of the article - excerpts:

    "Since January, 2009, Tabachnick has insinuated it's a language issue...

    "Hammering the line of preferential treatment over language proves completely ridiculous and cannot camouflage the real reason for the considerable delay between the announcement of the grant awarded to LBP and the construction of the school: it was a complete lack of planning on your part," he writes.

    "I find it hard to believe that all the commissioners endorse the way in which you have managed this file.""

    www.hudsongazette.com
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    May 20, 2010 - Your Local Journal - " An open letter to LBPSB Chairman Marcus Tabachnick"

    -from the mayor of Vaudreuil-Dorion... www.yourlocaljournal.ca
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    May 19, 2010 Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph - " Is Charest listening to complaints of overcrowding?"

    Excerpts from a Commentary : www.qctonline.com

    “ It even came down to a "linguistic balance" had to be made...

    I recall two years ago, and reported in two newspapers, as part of the whole process, MNAs Lucie Charlebois and Yvon Marcoux being advised by Mr. Tabachnick to “not worry so much about the right photo-op”. Can you imagine?...

    The English elementary school will open one year behind schedule, unlike the French school which started and ended its search for a new school site within a six-month time frame...
    Let's hope the LBPSB has learned an important lesson from Trois-Lacs, which has taken a more proactive approach towards overcrowded classrooms."...

    Interesting to note that the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board is also following a short time frame and will have a new English elementary school in Joliette soon...

    Meanwhile, the May 10 online title of this story reads "New French school in Vaudreuil angers English school board officials."...

    The pervading culture of arrogance and negligence of the LBPSB is not the way to build bridges between the two solitudes of Quebec...”
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    Once again, merci to the Editorial Board of Le Devoir for giving me space to explain to the French and English communities of Quebec the real problems in the anglophone education sector.

    Chris Eustace - (ceustace@videotron.ca)

    p.s. Go Habs, Go !
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  • Chris G. Eustace - Abonné 24 mai 2010 12 h 56

    Bonne Journée des Patriotes

    May 24, 2010


    Bonne Journée des Patriotes



    I have been attending and participating, by asking questions at the Public Question Period of the Lester B. Pearson School Board council meetings for about eleven years. I have no intention running for any political office. Permit me to weigh-in on the feud between politicians Guy Pilon, mayor of Vaudreuil-Dorion and Marcus Tabachnick regarding the much-needed, off-island English elementary school.

    First, though, let me add a reference concerning my standing. The following is an email response by Mr. Tabachnick to an earlier email I sent in March 2009 to several people, including four cabinet ministers of the Charest government, and the Pearson board Central Parents' Committee.

    "To All, The following was sent to you by Mr. Eustace today. It is filled with inaccuracies, misrepresentations, and deceptions. The gentleman has a propensity for revising history. He also counts on a depleted English press who have taken the decision that it is easier and cheaper to rely on independent and unsubstantiated input to fill their pages than to spend the time and money to check facts."
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    That said, thank you to Mayor Pilon for his 'Open Letter' to Mr. Tabachnick published in "Your Local Journal' on May 20, 2010. The mayor is exactly right - on two fronts: the role of the commissioners and the "language issue."
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    By and large, the commissioners of the LBPSB are kept in the dark. Even though I sent the aforementioned email to all commissioners, Tabachnick's response excluded all commissioners. Of course, I fixed that omission pronto. (Incidentally, that is not the first time.)
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    On the "language issue" matter, there are not enough synonyms in the English language for 'disgraceful' to describe the conduct and tactic used by the Pearson board, to camouflage its mishandling of the new English school matter: blame the French and an imaginary "linguistic balance."

    I'm reminded of an event. On Sept 5, 2008, the Quebec English School Boards Association was invited by CTV news, to pose questions to Education Minister Michelle Courchesne regarding a draft law - Bill 88. (It is now law)

    The Association basically complained that they were being treated unfairly compared to the French boards. What nonsense! Frankly, their whining was an embarrassment to the English community by playing the language card.
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    So why is it Mr. Tabachnick seemingly doesn't recognize the real problem? Perhaps a quote from Pulitzer Prize-winning American author Upton Sinclair (1878-1968) explains.

    "It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it."

    It has been my observation for years now that the Pearson board has a very narrow view of the concept of school-board democracy. It is a fiefdom with Mr. Tabachnick as the Lord of the manor.

    This fact brings to mind the address, a dressing-down, to the Rump Parliament, in England, in April 1653 by Oliver Cromwell:

    “You have sat here for too long for any good you have been doing. Depart I say, and let us be done with you. In the name of God, go.”

    Mr. Tabachnick: For the sake of the anglophone community - Retire.



    Chris Eustace - (ceustace@videotron.ca)

    p.s. Go Habs, Go!

  • Chris G. Eustace - Abonné 28 mai 2010 09 h 53

    Bill 104 and the Lester B. Pearson School Board's concept of democracy

    May 28, 2010


    Bill 104 and Lester B. Pearson School Board democracy



    There is an op-ed piece in today’s Gazette titled: " Will Charest do what is right?"

    It is written by Robert Libman, a former MNA who suggests that a delay in the government’s response to the Bill 104 matter may mean that a deal has been cut between the Liberals and the PQ on this issue.

    Perhaps that is so.

    Furthermore he writes : “...the Liberals haven’t even acknowledged requests by English school boards to meet on the issue.”

    That is not so - not as far as the Lester B. Pearson School Board is concerned. An explanation:

    There has been a lot of talk of how Premier Charest is ignoring the pleas of the chairpersons of the two English school boards - EMSB and LBPSB - for a meeting about Bill 104.

    For example : On May 11, Robert Libman made a comment on television that Charest is not “answering letters”. The executive producer of CTV News, BW, said in his Postscript piece on May 14 “Charest is not even taking our calls”...and so on.

    Prior to that, on April 29, a Gazette columnist wrote a piece: “Charest’s contempt for anglos is showing.”
    The following is self-explanatory.

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    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Chris Eustace
    To: letters,(mon_exxxxxxx)
    Sent: Thursday, April 29, 2010 9:21 AM
    Subject: 'Charest's contempt for anglos is showing" - letter to the Editor
    April 29, 2010
     
    The Gazette
     
    Letter to the Editor
     
    Re: "Charest's contempt for anglos is showing" (Gazette, opinion, April 29, 2010)

    As a long-time observer, and participant by asking questions regarding the Bill 104 matter, at the Pearson school board Council meetings, I was intrigued by Don Macpherson's piece with the subhead: "Premier's office has snubbed chairs of two largest English boards".
    He states that Premier Charest seems to find time to meet with minor foreign officials yet his office “ignored their request” (for a meeting). He continues: "the boards say it hasn't even bothered to acknowledge receipt of their letter," requesting a meeting to talk about the Bill 104 issue.
    Macpherson concludes: "Meanwhile, the chairs of the province's two largest English school boards will still be waiting for Charest to reply to their letter."

    Now, consider this item under "Corporate Business" - "correspondence" - number 5, from the minutes of the Lester B. Pearson School Board Council public meeting on March 22, 2010.

    "Letter dated February 26, from the Office of the Premier, acknowledging receipt of our letter requesting a meeting to discuss Bill 104."
     
     
    Chris Eustace - Pierrefonds, QC - 514 620-0726
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    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Macpherson, Don (mon_exxxxxxx)"
    To: <ceustace@videotron.ca>
    Sent: Friday, April 30, 2010 11:55 AM
    Subject: Your letter to the editor of April 29

    Mr. Eustace,

    Concerning your letter to the editor of April 29, which was referred to me, I checked with both the Lester B. Pearson and English Montreal school boards.

    The Pearson board told me that the acknowledgment from the premier's office was in response to another letter, not the one sent last October. And both boards confirmed that, as I wrote in my column, they have not received even an acknowledgment of the letter of last October.

    Consequently, I see no need to correct my column. Should you wish to pursue this matter further, I suggest you take it up with the Pearson board.

    Don Macpherson
    Quebec affairs columnist/Chroniqueur aux affaires québécoises
    The Gazette
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    On Monday, May 31, there will be a LBPSB meeting. Barring anything unforeseen, I am going to follow Mr. Macpherson’s suggestion. I will ask the LBPSB to explain, to produce Mr. Charest’s letter. After all, it is “OUR LETTER.”
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    But there is a problem - a big problem. An explanation:

    Most people involved with educational issues are aware of the existence of Bill 88: a law that promotes school-board democracy and defines the rules for governance and administration of public education in Quebec. It is a good law.

    One provision of Bill 88 is that school boards must invite the public to an information meeting at least once a year, as an addition to their regular monthly meetings. (Art. 220.1
    Furthermore, according to the Education Act “a question period must be provided at each public meeting during which persons present may put oral questions to the commission.”
    Let’s look at the Education Act and the amendment of Bill 88, which is designed for more accountability and democracy of school boards. Here are some excerpts of Articles - in English and French.
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    162. The council of commissioners must, by by-law, fix the day, time and place of its regular meetings. Number of meetings: The council of commissioners must hold at least four regular meetings every school year.
    168. Question period: a question period must be provided at each public meeting during which the persons present may put oral questions to the commissioners.
    220.1. Every school board must invite the public to an information meeting at least once a year. The meeting may be held concurrently with one of the meetings provided for in section 162. Public notice specifying the date, time and place of the meeting must be given not less than 15 days before it is held.
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    In French:

    162. Le conseil des commissaires doit, par règlement, fixer le jour, l'heure et le lieu de ses séances ordinaires. Nombre: Le conseil des commissaires doit tenir au moins quatre séances ordinaires par année scolaire.
    168. Questions orales :Cependant, une période doit être prévue, à chaque séance publique, pour permettre aux personnes présentes de poser des questions orales aux commissaires.

    220.1. La commission scolaire doit tenir, au moins une fois par année, une séance publique d'information à laquelle est invitée à participer la population. Cette séance peut être tenue en même temps que l'une des séances prévues à l'article 162. Un avis public indiquant la date, l'heure et le lieu de cette séance doit être donné à la population au moins 15 jours avant sa tenue.
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    Fact: For the past 11 years, I have asked questions, made comments and offered suggestions at the ‘Public Question Period” at council meetings of the LBPSB - (chair Marcus Tabachnick since 1999). Often I was the “public.”
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    On April 13, 2010, the LBPSB called a Special Meeting. It was primarily to pass a resolution regarding Bill 104. I attended carrying a small sign, a picket, which simply stated “Vive Parental Choice.”

    The meeting ended with the usual call for the “Public Question Period.” I was the only one who approached the podium with my sign clear to all the assembled media, including CBC, CTV, and Global News. It was my intention with my sign to ask the board to make ‘Vive Parental Choice’ as a suitable battle cry for the French and English communities of Quebec.

    Before I could even speak, Chairman Marcus Tabachnick lambasted me, accusing me of “misleading” the press with my “misdirected”, “misquoted”, “misinterpreted” remarks without ever giving an example. Then he promptly adjourned the meeting.
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    See for yourself. Go to the last minute of the 38-minute webcast meeting of April 13, 2010,
    (www.lbpsb.qc.ca)
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    Same thing happened at the April 26 regular LBPSB meeting. The chairman advised me to either call or email him to set up rules on how to conduct myself at Public Question Period. See for yourself: Go to the 63-minute mark of the meeting.
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    Can you imagine? I am 65 years old, asked questions for 11-12 years, offered suggestions on how to improve things at the board such as the webcasting of meetings (see link below), and now being told I need, I guess, a lesson on how I should govern myself?...I wonder who’s next for a lesson on democracy?
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    Thank you again, Le Devoir, for allowing me room to express my views, in the hope that everyone - French and English - gets a clearer picture of the situation.
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    http://www.citesnouvelles.com/article-133243-Des-r
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    Chris Eustace - (ceustace@videotron.ca)

  • Chris G. Eustace - Abonné 29 mai 2010 11 h 49

    Nous sommes fier

    May 29, 2010


    Nous sommes fier


    This is an addition to my May 28 réaction: "Bill 104 and the Lester B. Pearson School Board's concept of democracy."

    In my commentary, I referred to former MNA, Robert Libman's Gazette op-ed piece of May 28:
    "Will Charest do what is right?"...
    On top of the piece is a Gazette picture of a group of people protesting outside the office of Brent Tyler, the lawyer who represented the parents who were fighting for access to English schools - the Bill 104 matter. The picture shows one of the protesters waving a placard depicting a swastika plastered on a maple leaf.

    Since I witnessed Tyler at the Quebec Court of Appeal (Aug. 2007) and the Supreme Court of Canada (Dec. 2008), I also attended the protest to support Tyler. I took pictures and wrote a letter to the Editor of The Suburban newspaper. It is titled: "Facta, non verba" - Nov. 4, 2009. It can be easily found in the archives of www.thesuburban.com
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    In my May 28 réaction, I neglected to mention that part of the "assembled media" of the 'Special Meeting' on April 13 of the LBPSB, was a reporter from The Chronicle who took a picture of me holding the sign "Vive Parental Choice". The article and the front-page picture were published in The Chronicle on April 21, 2010. www.westislandchronicle.com

    The article "School board fights Bill 104" includes these sentences:

    "The night was not without dissenting voices, however, Chris Eustace, a retired teacher who has attended many LBPSB meetings, was denied asking a question during the question period. Holding up a sign that said 'Vive parental choice,' Eustace expressed his opinion as the commissioners left the room."

    Coincidentally, on May 28, 2010, the sister newspaper of The Chronicle - "Cité Nouvelles" included the same picture with an updated story " Loi 104: division autour d'une résolution".
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    So "was denied asking a question during question period" as "the commissioners left the room" last month at the LBPSB...
    ... and this week the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph (a Quebec City English weekly newspaper) publishes a special Valcartier Soldier edition.... The paper welcomed submissions for the soldiers deployed in Afghanistan. This was mine published on May 26, 2010 (www.qctonline.com)
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    “ Nous sommes fier

    I am a retired teacher, son of a soldier who fought in World War II stationed throughout Europe and Northern Africa where he met my mother.

    Not a day goes by that I do not think of them and, by extension, you soldiers who volunteered into the Armed Forces to stand in harm's way, in a foreign land, so we could sleep peacefully, as you fight for the defence of freedoms that we enjoy in Canada.

    I am humbled by your patriotism, courage, valour and bravery and revere all of you. Thank you for your sense of duty serving our country.

    It brings to mind some lines from Shakespeare:

    "From this day to the ending of the world,
    But we in it shall be remembered-

    We few, we happy few, we band of brothers

  • Chris G. Eustace - Abonné 31 mai 2010 06 h 25

    One last question ///

    May 31, 2010


    Last question for LBPSB council meeting on May 31, 2010,