2021-09-08 by W.M.
English Montreal School Board to vote on withdrawing statement denying Quebec nationhood
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.