EMSB calls upon QCGN to challenge Bill 96

Montreal, June 29, 2021 – The English Montreal School Board Council of Commissioners has adopted a resolution calling upon the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) to challenge Bill 96 to the fullest extent of the law.

If it becomes law, Bill 96, An Act respecting French, the official and common language of Québec, would make fundamental changes to the provincial’s education system, including:

  •          Amending the Charter of the French language, including sections pertaining to access to English language education;
  •           Amending the Regulation respecting the exemption from the application of the first paragraph of section 72 of the Charter of the French language that may be granted to children staying in Québec temporarily;
  •           Amending the General and Vocational Colleges Act;

“We were elected to protect and defend the constitutional rights of the English-speaking minority in Quebec,” said EMSB Chair  Joe Ortona. “Similar to other legislation enacted by this government, Bill 96 is in direct opposition to what we teach and to the culture we promote in our schools. Our community is built on diversity, respect and inclusion – and limiting one’s access to English education runs contrary to that.

“When the fundamental rights of our community are under attack, we must come together to defend them,” added Mr. Ortona. “The QCGN was formed for this specific reason and we’re confident that they will be proudly and successfully represent all Anglophones in this fight.”

About the English Montreal School Board

With a youth and adult sector population of more than 37,000 students, the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) is the largest English public school board in Quebec. Established on July 1, 1998, when the province created new boards along linguistic lines. Our network consists of 77 schools and centres. For more details, visit the EMSB website at www.emsb.qc.ca.

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Contact:

Michael J. Cohen

Communications and Marketing Specialist

English Montreal School Board

514-826-0383

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