Lester B. Pearson School Board Wants a Bill 101 Exemption for Syrians

Fat chance:

As Canada gets set to welcome 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year, the Lester B. Pearson School Board says it would welcome refugee children – but it can’t without an exemption to Quebec’s language law, Bill 101.

The English-language school board  is composing a letter to the Quebec government, asking Premier Philippe Couillard to consider allowing the refugees to attend its schools.

The school board, one of Quebec’s largest, oversees English-language schools from Verdun to the West Island and further west, off-island.

“We feel that the humanitarian clause of Bill 101 should be invoked to allow us to help these refugees and to help Quebec succeed in bringing these refugees in,” the board’s chairwoman, Suanne Stein Day, told CBC Montreal’s Daybreak.

Bill 101 — Quebec’s language law — specifies that only immigrants to Quebec who have parents who were educated in English in the province or elsewhere in Canada can go to English-language schools. Exceptions can be made in rare cases, for example, for humanitarian reasons.

“I can’t think of a larger humanitarian situation than bringing this number of children into our midst,” Stein Day said.

Ontario, British Columbia and even Quebec may flood their rafters with Syrians but I can’t see the francophone oligarchy waiving the language apartheid bill just for them.

  • xavier

    Bats hit crazy

    Which is very ironical since educated Syrians speak French. Some of them were also educated by Italian missionary orders.

    So I fail to see how Lester B Pearson will succeed in this request.

    • tom_billesley

      Syria and Lebanon were League of Nations mandates administered by France from 1923 to 1946. Some French must have rubbed off.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    If they don’t like English, they really will not like Arabic.

  • andycanuck

    It looks like an Anglophone school board thinks it can make big bucks off of taking in “Syrian” “refugees” and doesn’t want the Francophone boards getting all the hoped-for loot for themselves. Screw them. All.

  • Canadian

    Why do they want them?

    • Clausewitz

      Gives them more ammunition in their never ending fight to marginalize Christian heritage. Enjoy your Christmas pageant at school, oops, sorry seasonal festivities. Can’t have any Canadian traditions allowed since it would offend the dear heart’s coming to Canada to suck off of the Taxpayer’s teat. They of course “will” vote Liberal since they have been bought and paid for.

  • 2maxpower

    it will be the way quebec uses to push them into other provinces. most refugees will prefer to learn english

    • Canadian

      I like that!

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    …not even here yet, and they’re getting special treatment….got their houses and cars lined up yet?

  • marty_p

    In a generation or two the shoe will be on the other foot – Students in Quebec will be learning Arabic.

    • Canadian

      Ain`t done yet! We`ll wait and see how Ontario fares first.