CAQ To Expand Bill 101, Abolishes School Boards & Plans To Change The Electoral Map

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The CAQ government voted yesterday to strengthen Bill 101. By amending the bill, it will affect smaller businesses that have between 25 and 49 employees and those under FEDERAL jurisdiction!

Before, Bill 101 affected only businesses that had over 50 employees.

The Liberal party voted against the motion.

So, what exactly is going on here?

The CAQ also abolished school boards. While they didn’t abolish only English school boards, one can’t help but wonder whether the move was to gain full control over the anglophone community.

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Keep in mind that they rammed the new set of reforms of Quebec’s education system through the National Assembly invoking closure on Bill 40.

Closure gives the government the power to force a vote on a bill — something the CAQ has done 4 times since they were voted in just 2 years ago!

Bill 40 will affect 80 different laws that exist including changing how:

  • students are graded
  • schools are run
  • teachers are trained

The CAQ is rushing matters so that the changes will be in place before the 2020 – 2021 school year begins.

Groups including English-language lobby groups, school boards, teachers’ unions and more accuse the government of rushing complicated reform without consulting widely enough.

So, the CAQ is giving the Anglophone community the right to vote in certain directors in the service centres that are replacing school boards. The reason for this: to avoid constitutional challenges from Anglophone rights groups.

Unfortunately, many worry that the elections will be unfair and the service centres won’t have any true power.

Whatever happened to the democratic process? After using closure four times in two years to pass controversial legislation is alarming.

Even the Parti Quebecois‘ education critic says of the CAQ:

“This government seems to consider the power of the legislature to be a nuisance.”

Veronique Hivon

Meanwhile, Manon Massé, Québec Solidaire’s parliamentary leader, called Premier Legault’s leadership style to a “tin-pot dictator” on the National Assembly floor.

Let’s not forget Bill 21 and Bill 9 which were related to immigration reforms. Or, Bill 34, the law that removed oversight of Hydro Québec’s energy rates.

New Quebec Electoral Map

The CAQ promised to make changes to the electoral system in its first mandate in the last election to “more faithfully reflect the plurality and relative weight of the political opinions” in Quebec.

To change it, they are planning a referendum. The bill is named: “An Act to establish a new electoral system.” There are 125 seats in the National Assembly. In the new system, 80 seats will be assigned to ridings and the rest of the 45 seats are to be divided and attributed to a specific region based on the number of votes each party gets.

Some say that this new electoral map might be better for Anglos in Montreal’s West Island.

Your thoughts?

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