English Montreal School Board to vote on withdrawing statement denying Quebec nationhood

MONTREAL —
The English Montreal School Board (EMSB is deciding whether to revoke a particular clause in a document outlining the board’s opposition to Quebec’s Bill 96.

The clause in question, which was published Tuesday, denied Quebec’s status as a nation, sparking outrage from the Bloc Quebecois.

The board will meet on Saturday morning to vote on withdrawing the clause, EMSB spokesperson Mike Cohen confirmed.

“Quebec is not a ‘nation,'” read the statement in question. “It never has been… Calling oneself something does not make it so and Quebec’s intelligentsia is deliberately misusing the word “nation,” so as to imply a reality that exists only in their self-mirage. The only precise word to use regarding Quebec’s reality is ‘province.'”

The EMSB is not voting to recognize Quebec as a nation, but rather to decide if the offending clause should be removed, said Cohen.

The meeting will be cast on the EMSB website.

English Montreal School Board to vote on withdrawing statement denying Quebec nationhood