English Montreal School Board takes province to court over forced school transfers

first_imgMONTREAL — Quebec’s largest English-language school board says it is taking the province to court over whether a forced transfer of schools violates minority rights.In its latest legal salvo, the English Montreal School Board is asking Quebec Superior Court to rule on the section of the provincial Education Act used to transfer two of its east-end Montreal schools to a neighbouring French-language board.It also wants the provincial government to seek the Court of Appeal’s opinion on whether school board governance by the province’s anglophone minority is protected under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.In July, a judge rejected the board’s request for an injunction stopping the transfers, saying that it had failed to show the matter was urgent and that the French board would suffer more harm if the transfers were halted.Now, while waiting for that case to be heard on its merits, the board’s lawyers are asking the court to rule on whether the section of the Education Act used to transfer the schools respects English minority rights in Quebec.Chairwoman Angela Mancini says her board is also asking that before the Quebec government tables promised legislation eliminating school boards it seek a court opinion on whether the bill respects minority language rights.The Canadian Presslast_img read more