If it works, fix it
It’snot front page news, but Champlain College is under pressure from its Saint-Lawrence campus to ‘separate’. The unions that is.
Champlain College is, in a way, the future of how English institutions outside of Montreal need to survive. They must federate, share as much administrative costs as possible, and become highly efficient. Forgetting the parochialism, the ‘we were once’ add whatever you want.
Some would like the past to come back; think of that Anglican Church in Shawinigan that preferred to shut down rather than have bilingual services.
Back to Champlain, it’s local after all. Its headquarters is in Sherbrooke, but its mandate is really province wide, east of Montreal. With three campuses, in Lennoxville, SaintLambert and Quebec, home of the ‘separatists’.
Who, like all good union members are for the good of society, saving us bundles of money and ‘streamlining’ the administrative process and leaving Drummondville forever. One of their complaints is that meetings have to be held there.
The publisher is so old he remembers when they actually had an Anglophone community in Drummondville. A real one, bosses and workers. The former mingling more with their French counterparts at nice parties, the latter drinking beer with their French colleagues, complaining in both languages about les ‘maudits boss’.. Then the mills closed. Those meetings of Champlain must be some of the few remaining “English only” functions held in Drummondville.
Why on earth have the union members of the Quebec campus of Champlain decided to ask that their campus become autonomous is unknown. We can guess that doing so would give their unions more leverage in forthcoming negotiations with the government. We are all aware that when the unions are yelling ‘public good’ it means their own first and foremost. And in today’s context, when the government is unable to look honestly at its policies, unions, pressure groups of every kind have a field day. Watching those ads on TV makes us wonder if all of the American Republicans have moved North to flood us with half-truths and innuendoes, now seeming real. That the Liberals have forgotten who they once were is one thing, that all the reforms proposed are rotten to the core is another. So our guess is that employees of SaintLawrence are proposing solutions to a non-existing problem for the rest of us.
For the Outside of Montreal English community, functioning structures are a must. Efficiency must be promoted first and foremost, this is the only way of achieving the long term survival of all of its institutions. The present structure of Champlain has shown that it can federate diverse regions and provide services at the best conditions. Changing it is ridiculous.