Due to allegations of mismanagement

Sweeping investigation into operations at the English Montreal School Board


 16 January 2019

Education Minister Jean-François Roberge is to make the announcement Wednesday morning at a Quebec City news conference.

His decision follows a series of allegations ranging from contracts being handed out without following proper tendering procedures to news this week the chairperson of the board of the board, Angela Mancini, was found guilty of violating the board’s code of ethics.

Mancini has been ordered to apologize to board director general, Ann Marie Matheson, for interrupting her during an in-camera meeting last March.

A senior government source confirmed Wednesday that the investigation will go ahead. School board officials were informed of the decision late Tuesday.

The timing could not be worse for the board which, like other English school boards in Quebec, is fighting the new Coalition Avenir Québec government’s plans to abolish the province’s boards and replace them with service centres.

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The minister Jean Boulet offers help to redefine work organization

Locked-out ABI workers begin second year on picket line


 16 January 2019

Shortly after the beginning of the new year, Quebec Labour Minister Jean Boulet announced that the special mediation committee he had appointed in November had failed to find any grounds for a settlement. The mediation committee, which was led by former Quebec Premier Lucien Bouchard, “came up against entrenched positions,” said Boulet, with the two parties not showing a “real willingness” to negotiate.

Given this, Boulet said that he saw no point in extending the special mediation committee’s mandate. Instead he would set up a “group of experts” from the Labour Department to assist the resumption of talks and an eventual settlement.

A corporate lawyer prior to his becoming Labour Minister, Boulet struck a pose of neutrality. But his comments made clear that he and the CAQ government are working to impose the company’s diktats. Speaking like an ABI boss, Boulet pointed out that the services offered by his ministry “can be used” to “redefine work organization to make it more flexible.”

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