Media Advisory

APPELE-Québec to Host Hearings on Bill 40 on Tuesday November 19, 2019

(Montreal, November 15, 2019): APPELE-Québec – the Alliance for the Promotion of Public English-language Education in Québec – is hosting a public hearing on Bill 40; An Act to amend mainly the Education Act with regard to school organization and governance.

“Many representatives of our community were not invited to appear before the National Assembly Committee studying Bill 40, and we believe their voices need to be heard,” explains Geoff Kelley, Chair of APPELE-Québec. “We are providing them with the forum to share their views on this complex piece of legislation which we believe is unworkable and presents unnecessary obstacles to the exercise of our constitutional right to manage and control our school system.”

Groups presenting to Geoff Kelley and Joan Fraser, the Vice-Chair of APPELE-Québec include:

  • Canadian Parents for French
  • Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA)
  • Black Community Resource Center (BCRC)
  • Quebec Board of Black Educators
  • Quebec Community Groups Network
  • Quebec Association of Independent Schools (QAIS)
  • Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation (CEDEC)
  • English-Speaking Catholic Council (ESSC)
  • Quebec Federation of Home and School Associations (QFHSA)
  • Quebec Farmers’ Association (QFA)
  • Canadian School Boards Association
  • Townshippers’ Association

A schedule will be provided on Monday

Time and Date:                        Tuesday, November 19 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Location:                                 Le Meridien Versailles – 1808 Sherbrooke West, Montreal

About APPELE-Québec:

APPELE-Québec – the Alliance for the Promotion of Public English-language Education in Québec – is a broadly-based, Quebec-wide community coalition to promote the continued existence of English school boards, to ensure they are governed by commissioners who are democratically elected by the English-speaking community at large. Our Alliance is comprised of 16 supporting organizations and nine observer groups.

The Chair of the APPELE-Québec Alliance is Geoff Kelley, a former MNA and Minister. The vice-chairs are former Senator and journalist Joan Fraser and Kevin Shaar, a lawyer with two children enrolled in the Western Quebec School Board.

For more information about APPELE-Québec, go to

For more information, please contact:

Jonathan Goldbloom

Avenue Strategic Communications


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