Bad, very bad idea
Thatpoor Couillard has more on his plate than he can handle is obvious. That his team is anything but is just as evident. A team works together, thinks together and acts the same. That’s provincial politics, almost nothing new. What is new is the ‘desire’ of the Liberals to go after the François Legault CAQ vote and another editorial on School Boards.
This time it is the menace that, unless participation is up consequentially during the upcoming school board elections, the Liberals may consider shutting down the school boards.
That the desperate Legault uses this, election after election, to get the votes that he deserves is one thing, that the Liberals do it is another.
The problem with poor electoral showings at school board elections can be solved with a simple law that no party would have the guts to oppose: All administrative elections are to be held at the same date, every two years, one coinciding with the now mandatory fixed date provincial elections, which should be synchronized with the federal elections as soon as possible.
We admit that is hoping for too much. Can you imagine? Quebec following in the footsteps of Ontario?
Back to the school board mess. François Legault now leads a party on its last legs. The federal election will see the departure of a couple more of his M.N.A.’s, lured by the appeal of riding in a Challenger jet rather than riding in the back seat of a not even deluxe mini-van, the first four elected Conservatives in the next election being assured of a Cabinet seat. This may be the cynical view, but sometimes reality takes over. So both the Liberals and the Péquistes are vulturing above the not even dead party. Hence the appeal of Pierre Karl Péladeau for the latter.
But the Liberals don’t have to swoop that low, those who are against School Boards are against any type of taxation and are not exactly savvy in the subtlety of real world economics. They surely have no interest in preserving culture. English culture less so.
School boards are right now the ONLY political entity controlled by Anglophones. Good jolly Dr. Barette will see to it that the remaining anglos in the Health system go home quietly, something that, in their wildest dreams, the péquistes never dreamed of.
A school board is an essential component of a minority community, a fact recognized by former Prime Minister Marois who, against some members of her party - few but vocal - saw to it when she was education minister that there would be English school boards.
They are essential for the survival of the English communities of Quebec. That a Liberal minister doesn’t see this is abhorrent.