School board elections this weekend, except for…

School board elections this weekend, except for…

Quebec City (Quebec) 30 October, 2014 – The whole province is going to the polls this weekend to elect new school board directors and presidents and whatever other representatives there are in schools with the exception of The Central Quebec School Board (CQSB) here in Quebec City.

The CQSB represents all the English speaking schools in the region, and some in outlying areas, and battles every election period to maintain its board quorum.

This year however there will be no elections for the CQSB as all the 11 candidates have been elected by acclamation, eliminating the necessity to hold a plebiscite.

The president of the Commission, Stephen Burke, who himself was acclaimed elected was surprised by the situation but, says that it doesn’t affect the democratic process. He didn’t agree with the past increase in school taxes but, a different person in his position couldn’t have changed anything anyway.

Mr. Burke was content on the other hand to state that since there would be no elections, the board would have an extra $75,000 in its bank account that could be used towards improving conditions for the students.

The CQSB serves the Anglophone school system from Sept-Iles to La Mauricie (Trois-Rivières, Shawiningan) which covers pretty much the whole eastern half of the province.

There are also two francophone school boards which are experiencing the same circumstances, la commission Baie-James and la commission de l’Or des Bois, in Val-d’Or.

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