Legault’s sure school boards removal constitutional
this newspaper’s questions in English, François Legault, head of the Coalition Avenir Québec, stepped, himself, into the English School Board question, when he said that they would be abolished under his government and replaced by another entity which would be responsible for the existing ‘conseil d’établissements’, the present school board, controlled by the community as a whole, all registered English Tax payers being eligible to vote, losing their power to only parents having children enrolled in a school.
Mr. Legault assured that lawyers had vetted his party position but it seems that they may not have read the Mahé decision issued by the Supreme Court in 1990 the same way that the Francophones minorities outside Québec have.
The leader of the new party, a former PQ minister, who now proposes that no referendum be held for
10 years, a reminder of the former ADQ leader boast after the last referendum in 1995, was in Sherbrooke to present two lacklustre candidates for the next election that all pundits –never wrong – predict for early September. In Sherbrooke, a 31-year-old executive at a call centre, Philippe Girard, will face Premier Charest and the former Bloc Québécois M.P. Serge Cardin while in Orford, Jean L’Écuyer, who gave some concern to Pierre Paradis in the 2007, will face incumbent Pierre Reid and PQ Michel Breton. Both Mr. Breton and L’Écuyer résumés being almost interchangeable, coming from the private sector and now acting as consultants.
Also present was SaintFrançois’ candidate, Eric Giroux, who came to the Stanstead Journal journalist to inform us that he hails from Lennoxville and knows the Anglophone community well.
Local media at the CAQ framing Orford candidate, Jean L’Écuyer, Leader François Legault and Sherbrooke candidate Philippe Girard.