Le­gault’s sure school boards re­moval con­sti­tu­tional

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Staff Sher­brooke

An­swer­ing

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.

Photo Stanstead Jour­nal

Lo­cal me­dia at the CAQ fram­ing Or­ford can­di­date, Jean L’Écuyer, Leader François Le­gault and Sher­brooke can­di­date Philippe Gi­rard.

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