Protecting the status-quo and their personal positions, Anglophone lobby groups are misleading the Education Minister in an ignominious and non-democratic manner.
We would like to bring to the Minister’s attention certain issues specific to the Anglophone community with regards to the emergence of pressure groups funded by Canadian Heritage such as Quebec Federation of Home and School Associations (QFHSA) and Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN). In addition, substantial public funds which are earmarked for education go toward financing the Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA).
To further their special interests, these groups are interfering into the debate and are biased, at the expense of parental rights. None of these groups has ever been mandated by the population or has been elected by general suffrage, yet they still claim to represent the Anglophone community.
Moreover, it should be noted that these organizations are closely interconnected and appear to share common interests and members. Numerous network studies of organizational populations have shown that such interconnectedness can be consequential.
Despite polls conducted by CTV and Global indicating that more than 66% support the abolition of school board elections, irrespective of the insignificant 16,8% participation rate by Anglophones in the most recent general school elections and the pathetic 8% participation rate in a by-election held by the English Montreal School Board late in 2015, these pressure groups stridently advocate the status quo.
There has been a highly publicised campaign opposing Bill 86 by these publicly funded groups and Anglophone school boards. In all likelihood and given their past modus operandi, they will attempt to undermine the democratic process by influencing and working against the spirit and the intent of the new law. Consequently, the proper implementation of the transitional measures as outlined in Bill 86 will need to be rigorously monitored, particularly in the English sector.