UPAC investigation of the EMSB and LBPSB is serious. School Boards trying to make it sound as though they’re coming for a cup of coffee.

Listen to the the Chairs of the EMSB and LBPSB, Angela Mancini and Suanne Stein-Day, respectively and you might get the impression that UPAC is coming over for a cup of coffee to chat about a few minor items.

While Stein-Day tries to convince the public that it was the LBPSB who first called in UPAC, the truth is that no one knows.  Actually, it could have been the Québec Education Minister himself who got the ball rolling, a Board employee, a private citizen and  possibly the LBPSB itself but does it really matter?

What does matter is that for years  people have  complained  about the lack of transparency at the Lester B Pearson School Board and particularly of its International Programs.  Since the inception of these programs, there have been repeated requests for information about the accounting practices and organization of the board and specifically the International program.

At last night’s EMSB council meeting, the commissioners who initiated the involvement of UPAC,  were vilified by their peers for bringing negative press to their institution. Like the LBPSB, many questions about the EMSB operations have been asked, over time, by a variety of individuals. However like the LBPSB  genuine fact filled  responses have never been  given.

These aren’t fictitious concerns made up by a few individuals. They are real issues that have been brought forth  to the school boards  attention for years and which are now being reported by the  domestic and international press.

The EMSB and LBPSB  annulling  of contracts with their various student recruiters does little to address the non-transparent, irresponsible and possibly corrupt administration of their International programs.

These requested  investigations  of the school boards have  been years in the making and no public relations spin by the EMSB and LBPSB can lessen their  need for or their impact thereof .

The key letter  in UPAC is the C for  Corruption and it is certainly not for a cup of coffee that UPAC is visiting  the EMSB and LBPSB .  Something  that the school boards’ spin seems to imply.

Mandate of UPAC

LUTTER CONTRE LA CORRUPTION POUR UN SYSTÈME PUBLIC INTÈGRE

Les pratiques de corruption, de collusion et de malversation sont inacceptables et ne sont pas tolérées au Québec.

L’Unité permanente anticorruption (UPAC), créée par le gouvernement du Québec le 16 février 2011, est une organisation qui, sous la responsabilité du commissaire à la lutte contre la corruption, coordonne et dirige les forces et expertises en place au sein du gouvernement pour lutter contre la corruption.

Ainsi, plus de 300 personnes partagent le même objectif de lutte contre la corruption. Elles proviennent :

  • du commissaire à la lutte contre la corruption
  • du ministère des Affaires municipales et de l’Occupation du territoire
  • de la Commission de la construction du Québec
  • de la Régie du bâtiment du Québec
  • du Service des enquêtes sur la corruption de la Sûreté du Québec
  • de Revenu Québec
  • de l’Escouade de protection de l’intégrité municipale du Service de police de la Ville de Montréal

L’UPAC est également soutenue sur le plan judiciaire par une équipe de procureurs qui lui est affectée du Directeur des poursuites criminelles et pénales (DPCP), créé au printemps 2011.

L’UPAC agit sur trois fronts distincts afin de prévenir, vérifier et enquêter.

CODE D’ÉTHIQUE ET DE DÉONTOLOGIE

Le commissaire à la lutte contre la corruption et les commissaires associés aux vérifications se sont donné un Code d’éthique et de déontologie ( 72 Ko)  respectant la Loi sur le ministère du Conseil exécutif (L.R.Q., c. M-30) et les règles et principes édictés par le Règlement sur l’éthique et la déontologie des administrateurs publics (Décret 824-98 du 17 juin 1998, (1998) 130 G.O. II 3474).

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