Les commissions scolaires anglophones du Québec obtiennent un autre sursis

Montréal, le 18 septembre 2020 – La loi 40 du gouvernement Legault vient de subir un autre revers judiciaire.

La Cour d’appel du Québec rejette l’appel du gouvernement relatif à l’injonction obtenue cet été par les neuf commissions scolaires anglophones de la province. C’est donc dire que la loi adoptée en février ne s’appliquera pas à elles tant et aussi longtemps que le débat sur le fond n’aura pas lieu… vraisemblablement pas avant plusieurs mois. Lire la suite.

Ruling on Quebec school board reform court case expected Thursday

Montreal, September 14, 2020 – The legal battle to save Quebec’s school boards continued on Monday, as the province appealed a stay of proceedings that allows the province’s English boards to continue existing.

The province’s lawyers argued to a panel of three judges that Bill 40 does not abolish school boards but rather modifies them. Under Bill 40, school boards will be re-named service centres and the province argued that those centres will still be in charge of the same schools currently controlled by school boards. Read more

Future of English language school boards debated before Quebec’s highest court

Montreal, September 14, 2020 – The future of Quebec’s English language school boards was before the province’s highest court Monday, with the province trying to overturn a stay of its controversial education reform, Bill 40.

A panel of judges said it will have a decision Thursday.

The law, passed in February, changed most school boards into service centres and did away with elections for French-language boards, in an effort to decentralize power.

It requires English boards to begin the transition to service centres after board elections in November, but English service centres will continue to have elected positions. Read more.

APPELE-Québec GoFundMe Campaign to Support Legal Challenge Against Bill 40

Our community has the Constitutional right to manage and control our schools. The Coalition Avenir Québec government has taken this right away from our English-speaking community – and together we must fight to take back this fundamental right. All nine of our English school boards along with the Quebec English School Boards Association have launched a legal challenge to quash Bill 40. This controversial legislation abolishes our democratically elected school boards and transforms them into government-controlled service centres. Our legal action declares that this upheaval of our education system contravenes our linguistic minority community’s right to manage and control our school system. This foundational right, under Section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, guarantees education in one of Canada’s two official languages. It is an essential element of linguistic duality, a cornerstone of our national identity. It took French parents in British Columbia five years to win another case that solidified minority-language education rights. Just like our West Coast counterparts, we are in this for the long haul. This is bound to be a long and costly fight. Please consider making a contribution to the Go Fund Me campaign to support this legal action to defend the Constitutional rights of Quebec’s English-speaking community and advance the minority-language rights of all Canadians. Any donation, big or small, is appreciated – but most importantly a large number of donors will unequivocally demonstrate to our governments that we believe in our rights and we will fight to protect them. Please contribute what you can and help us get the news out by sharing this appeal extensively throughout your networks.  

https://ca.gofundme.com/f/quebec-bill-40-court-challenge

La loi 40 restera suspendue jusqu’en septembre dans le réseau anglophone

Montréal, le 21 août 2020 – La loi 40 du gouvernement Legault, qui remplace les commissions scolaires par des centres de service, restera bel et bien suspendue dans le réseau anglophone, du moins pour le moment. Un juge de la Cour d’appel vient de reporter la cause jusqu’à la mi-septembre. Québec, de son côté, rappelle que rien n’est encore joué. Lire la suite

La loi demeure suspendue dans les commissions scolaires anglophones

Montréal, le 21 août 2020 – La récente loi qui modifie la gouvernance des écoles du Québec reste suspendue, au moins jusqu’en septembre, dans les commissions scolaires anglophones.

Ces dernières avaient déjà réussi la semaine dernière à se soustraire de la nouvelle législation du gouvernement Legault en obtenant un jugement favorable de la Cour supérieure, le temps que sa constitutionnalité soit examinée. Lire la suite

Première victoire des anglophones contre la loi 40

Montréal, le 11 août 2020 – La loi 40 ne s’appliquera pas aux commissions scolaires anglophones tant qu’il n’y aura pas de jugement sur leur contestation judiciaire. Le juge Sylvain Lussier de la Cour supérieure a accepté partiellement leur demande d’injonction lundi. Le gouvernement Legault entend aller en appel.

L’Association des commissions scolaires anglophones du Québec (ACSAQ), la Commission scolaire Lester-B.-Pearson et Adam Gordon, président du comité de parents de la Commission scolaire Sir-Wilfrid-Laurier, contestent l’abolition des commissions scolaires par le gouvernement Legault parce qu’elle contrevient, selon elles, aux droits de la minorité anglophone garantis par l’article 23 de la Charte canadienne des droits et libertés. Lire la suite

Huge Victory for Minority Language Rights in Quebec’s Superior Court

Montreal, August 10, 2020 – The Quebec Community Groups Network applauded a Quebec Superior
Court decision to suspend the application of Quebec government reforms to the governance of English
school boards while the courts review the constitutionality of Bill 40: An Act to amend mainly the
Education Act with regard to school organization and governance.
The Quebec English School Board Association (QESBA) and a slew of other applicants are challenging the
government’s new governance model maintaining that it does not respect Section 23 of the Canadian
Charter of Rights and Freedoms to manage and control our minority language educational institutions.
They petitioned the courts to suspend the application of Bill 40 to English school boards until hearings
on the merits of the case which could take many months. Read more.

QESBA applauds major win on Bill 40

Montréal, August 10, 2020 – The Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA) is very pleased with the Québec Superior Court judgment in our favour on a stay of Bill 40: An Act to amend mainly the Education Act with regard to school organization and governance rendered by Justice Lussier today. 

QESBA and its co-applicants filed for an interlocutory injunction or a stay in May of this year to suspend the application of Bill 40 to English school boards, arguing that the new governance model does not respect section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to manage and control our minority language educational institutions. The Québec Superior Court found that the applicants had raised “very serious questions” pertaining to the Bill’s constitutionality. Moreover, it found that the disappearance of English-language school boards (and their transformation into English-language school service centres) constituted irreparable harm. Read more.

Réforme scolaire: un sursis pour les commissions scolaires anglophones

Montréal, le 10 août 2020 – La Cour supérieure du Québec accorde un sursis aux commissions scolaires anglophones avant l’application de la loi 40, qui prévoit leur abolition pour les remplacer par des centres de services scolaires. La Cour supérieure a rendu cette décision lundi, en attendant de se prononcer sur le fond. Déjà, Québec entend porter la décision en appel. Lire la suite.

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