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EMSB deeply disappointed by CAQ motion on Bill 96

Montreal - Monday, September 20, 2021

The English Montreal School Board   expressed frustration and anger with motion passed in the Quebec National Assembly regarding   Bill 96, An Act respecting French, the official and common language of Quebec.

This motion, moved by the governing Coalition avenir Québec,  only refers to an EMSB resolution adopted on September 1 that has since been rescinded. It does not refer to the revised resolution adopted by the EMSB  on Bill 96 September 11.  For a copy click here

“It appears quite clear that the  government is just looking for a fight  and to divide Quebecers, creating disunity,” said EMSB Chair Joe  Ortona. “The government is well aware that we modified our resolution. Secondly it is refusing once again to deal with the real challenges and concerns that we have with Bill 96 such as the use of the notwithstanding clause, temporary worker permits and more.”

“The government should stop acting as a bully and start focusing on bringing Quebecers together to promote an inclusive Quebec where French is a common language. That is what leadership is all about.”

About the English Montreal School Board

With a youth and adult sector population of more than 35,000 students, the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) is the largest English public school board in Quebec. Established on July 1, 1998, when the province created new boards along linguistic lines, the EMSB network consists of 77 schools and centres. For more details, visit the EMSB website at