November 2019 - 477.1.1, Québec Education Act The newly elected CAQ government was sworn in and QESBA has not stopped since. In January the Government of Québec, on the recommendation of Education Minister Jean-François Roberge, decided to force the Lester B. Pearson School Board (LBPSB) to cede one of their High Schools in Pierrefonds, Québec to the French school board covering the same territory, by-passing the usual process of school closures in the Education Act which call for a 12-18 month consultation period. The LBPSB had been in discussions with their French counterparts to provide places to the French board for their growing student population and those discussions were progressing in a positive manner. The Minister of Education intervened late in December, requiring a proposal from both boards to develop short and long-term solutions to alleviate this crisis situation which both boards respected and delivered. The LBPSB had been renting much needed space to the French board to be able to respect the community and both the Board’s Major School Change Policy and the process outlined in the Quebec Education Act, an arrangement that could have continued in order to avoid the forced transfer of this building.  According to at least one news report, Minister Roberge alluded to the fact that on to that this would not be the last forced building transfer in the English sector, and it continues with three new schools being threatened in the English Montreal territory. at the forced removal of three buildings from the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) in favour of the French school board covering a QESBA REPORT - MAY 2019 2