HOW CAQ DROWNS THE FISH

The FAE is a member of Coalition for Electoral Reform Now!.

Montreal, September 25, 2019 – Despite the fact that François Legault’s government kept its promise to file a bill on electoral reform by October 1, it is the view of the Fédération autonome de l’enseignement (FAE) that the Prime Minister and Sonia Lebel, his minister in charge of the project, display a lack of political courage by proposing their bill be relegated to a referendum ­­–– instead of finalizing a comprehensive reform before the end of their first term in office, as they had promised during the campaign.

As a member of Mouvement Démocratie Nouvelle (MDN) and the new Coalition for Electoral Reform Now!, which are both pressing the government to act, the FAE believes that the referendum approach will only delay the promise to which the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) solemnly committed itself before the election.

To quote Alain Marois, Vice President for political affairs at FAE: “When its party was in opposition, CAQ said it wanted to fight political cynicism on this issue.  Now that it’s in power, however, we have to wonder whether it’s trying to drown the fish by sending it off as a referendum during the high tide of an election campaign.  That makes no sense.  How is it responsible to add a complex issue like proportional representation to the flood of issues that must be debated during an election campaign?  With that ploy, the government must take us for fools!”

Fairness In addition, the FAE was disappointed to see, at the bill’s first reading, that the measures proposed for ensuring equitable gender representation are very timid. “Our membership is almost 75% women; they are very sensitive to this aspect of the bill,” said Mr. Marois.

The FAE will continue to analyze Bill 39 in preparation for the hearings, in which it intends to participate.

Organizational profile The FAE is made up of nine unions representing more than 45,000 preschool, elementary, secondary, prison, vocational, adult education’s teachers and school staff from Peter Hall Schools and the Fournier Academic Centre, as well as a thousand members of the FAE Association of Retired Persons (APRFAE). It is present in seven regions: Montreal, Laval, Quebec City and Outaouais, Quebec’s four largest urban centres, as well as in the Laurentians, Estrie and Montérégie.

SOURCE: Fédération autonome de l’enseignement (FAE)

For more information: Marie-Josée Nantel, Communications Advisor, at 514 603-2290 or [email protected]