Bad, very bad idea

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM -

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.

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