General elections 2018 – The team for change is taking shape in Montreal


 12 May 2018

The head of the Coalition Avenir Québec, François Legault, took advantage of the holding of a militant event of his political party, Saturday in Montreal, to present seven new candidates for the 2018 general election: Julie Séide (Bourassa-Sauvé) , Simon Langelier (Laurier-Dorion), Vicky Michaud (Marguerite-Bourgeoys), Marc Hétu (Marquette), Sonya Cormier (Rosemont), Janny Gaspard (Viau) and Michelle Morin (Westmount-Saint-Louis).


For François Legault, these new candidates on the island of Montreal show that the tea, for change is taking shape for the next general election. “The life course of our candidates is extraordinary. The diversity of their interests inspires me. They are in the image of the metropolis, “said the head of the CAQ.


François Legault wants to make Montreal a source of inspiration for Quebec. “You know, there are two Montreal: festivals, restaurants, tourism, startups, universities, but there is also another Montreal that we do not talk about enough: Montreal every day, that of families. We need to meet the needs of both Montreal. An economic engine, a business incubator, but also a place where you can raise a family, a city where life is good, “he explained.


Montreal belongs to all Montrealers.


The head of the CAQ argues that for too long the Liberal Party has taken Montreal for granted. “One of the proofs is the state of schools in Montreal. Schools of the Montreal School Board are among the worst in Quebec. They fall into ruins. The Liberals have allowed schools to degrade for too long. More and more families are thinking of moving to the suburbs. After 15 years, it is time for these families to say what they think of the Liberal government. We have built the team for change for them, with October 1st in sight. The island of Montreal does not belong to the Liberal Party. It belongs to all Montrealers and all of Quebec, “concluded François Legault.

Law on religious neutrality: A poor law with poor guidelines


 11 May 2018

Justice Minister Stéphanie Vallée unveiled the guidelines of her law on religious neutrality, which have been awaited since its adoption seven months ago. These give way to interpretation, the most total subjectivity when it comes time to determine what distinguishes a “sincere belief” from what is not. Nothing is clear and the Liberal government has made sure to bring more religion into the state, denounced the spokesperson of the Coalition Avenir Québec in matters of secularity, Nathalie Roy.


The member of the national assembly for Montarville also deplored the fact that the Liberal government of Philippe Couillard opens wide the door of the state to the wearing of burqa and niqab, two symbols of oppression, enslavement of instrumentalization of women. Yet before he became prime minister, Philippe Couillard was openly against these garments, recalled Ms. Roy

On Wednesday, Minister Vallée also admitted that each organization could make a different decision, from one respondent to another, for the same request for religious accommodation. This is the festival of subjectivity, launched Nathalie Roy, denouncing this flagrant lack of fairness. A government of the CAQ will cancel law 62 of the Liberal government, and replace it with a law that will decree the Quebec state as secular.

CAQ’s school governance plan respects English community’s rights


 3 May 2018

This text was originally published on May 2nd by Jean-François Roberge, MNA for Chambly and the CAQ spokesperson for education

The original text can be found at the following link.

A few weeks ago, the Coalition Avenir Québec unveiled a comprehensive policy on the important issue of the governance of the education system in Quebec.

For the CAQ, education must be a top priority. We must have a school system in Quebec that is modern and efficient and meets and even exceeds expectations. We must offer our young people the best possible education framework and curriculum to ensure their success and their fulfillment now and in the future. At the same time, the system must be flexible and caring enough to address the special needs of children with disabilities and learning difficulties.

We are aware that the CAQ’s proposal to abolish school boards and elections of trustees has caused some concern within Quebec’s English-speaking community. Some even raised the spectre of a CAQ wanting to eradicate the English education system as a consequence of our proposal to abolish school boards. Nothing is further from the truth. The anglophone community should be very wary of fear-mongering by Philippe Couillard’s Quebec Liberal Party on this issue.

School boards have become, over the years, like many mini-governments within the government. Our goal will be to modernize this system by transforming these outdated structures into service centres for schools, organizations whose mission is to support schools rather than run them remotely.

We have the responsibility to give way to the dynamism of teachers, professionals, support staff and principals, and provide a stimulating educational environment conducive to the utmost development of every child in Quebec. School boards have become obstacles to achieving these goals and it is time to address this problem.

The nine anglophone school boards will be transformed into less expensive centres whose mission will be to provide administrative services and help with the management of schools. The empowerment of governing boards in each and every school (conseils d’établissement in French) will ensure that the English-speaking community remains in total control of its education system.

The transformation that we want to achieve will generate a major change of mission for the various levels of governance of the network. This approach will also mean the end of school board elections, which are very costly and without democratic legitimacy due to their anemic participation rate. In fact, less than 17 per cent voters from the anglophone community participated in the 2014 election.

Several validations and accountabilities currently handled by the school boards or the Ministry of Education will be streamlined. As a result of our approach, school management, both English and French, will gain in autonomy. Also, by entrusting more powers to the governing boards, the decisions that concern the school will be directly in the hands of those who work there and those who make the heart of its neighbourhood beat.

I repeat: the CAQ’s proposal clearly states that parents belonging to the English-language community will retain in this new model their right of management and control over the educational institutions where their children are educated. This will not change and indeed, our approach will enhance the quantity and quality of services provided to the schools and their occupants.

I invite you to read the other proposals of the CAQ regarding education. We believe strongly in the value of education to enrich Quebecers and provide them with the knowledge they need to make our place in today’s world.