Anti-bullying: schools already have the “tools”, says Proulx

The Minister of Education, Sébastien Proulx, does not intend to submit a legislative proposal to address the problem of bullying in schools, saying that Quebec schools already have the “tools” to do so.
“There is a law that is in place to fight against intimidation, violence and sexual violence,” said the minister, questioned in the House by the Parti Quebecois (PQ) on child sexual abuse. ‘school.

For Mr. Proulx, school boards also have the “financial tools to be able to work” to fight against the problem.

“It is in schools that these events take place, if events happen, and it is in schools that we must work to stop and prevent them. It is not here in the National Assembly that guides will be established [to settle conflicts]. It is in the schools that we will do this work, “replied the Minister during the question period.

While the official opposition critic for elementary and secondary education, Carole Poirier, was hounding the minister on the need for a framework law on sexual assault at school, Sébastien Proulx reiterated that The existence of the Act to Prevent and Combat Bullying and Violence in Schools adequately equips schools to deal with and deal with the problem.

Official Opposition Critic for Elementary and Secondary Education Carole Poirier and Official Opposition Critic for Health Diane Lamarre (right)
Official Opposition Critic for Elementary and Secondary Education Carole Poirier and Official Opposition Critic for
Earlier, the PQ organized a press conference with school stakeholders to present a petition whose signatories denounce the lack of content of the current law and the means put in place to fight against bullying.

Behind the scenes, a mother whose child was bullied told the Sun that even though the law has been in place for five years, “it has never really been applied.”

A motion to this effect was also tabled by the Parti Québécois, but it was defeated by the government.

Among the concrete measures, the PQ claims, like many other actors, the expansion of the mandate of the student advocate. It should be neutral – and not under school boards – and its mandate should apply to all students in the Quebec public and private school system.

Last December, the minister agreed that the student advocate was an institution that “does not work” and that the current model needs to be reviewed. However, to date, nothing is on the table, deplores the official opposition.

“Yes, it takes us to environments that are free of this intimidation and especially this violence, but we will work within our tools, and tools, we have, resources, there are”, supported the minister, who does not exclude that support remains to be done with school stakeholders.

The teachers on the move initiative of the two young teachers Jessica Dorval and Viviane Lagacé were greeted by MPs Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois of Québec solidaire and Carole Poirier of the Parti québécois.
The teachers on the move initiative of the two young teachers Jessica Dorval and Viviane Lagacé were greeted by MPs Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois of Québec solidaire and Carole Poirier of the Parti québécois.

The two teachers at the beginning of the group Profs en mouvement, Viviane Lagacé and Jessica Dorval, came to the National Assembly to deliver their manifesto personally to Minister Proulx, but this hoped-for meeting did not take place.

“The invitation was launched and we hoped he would join us, but unfortunately he is not here,” said Jessica Dorval, disappointed.

The Sun reported on Tuesday the story of these two teachers who have collected evidence from primary and secondary school teachers and who tell their dismay in a manifesto punch to the minister.

“It’s unfortunate that the Minister did not consider it good or important to come and meet you in person,” said Quebec Solidarity co-spokesperson Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois.

He was accompanied by PQ MP Carole Poirier, who also welcomed the initiative of the two teachers.

“This is an interesting political agenda for reforming our classrooms and the education system,” said Ms. Poirier. The two parliamentarians will eventually have given a copy of the manifesto to the minister.

Quoting an excerpt from the manifesto, PQ leader Jean-François Lisée accused Philippe Couillard’s government of “charging” the government’s “budget cuts” to “the children of Quebec”.

The Prime Minister defended himself by saying that his government was able to release the sums needed for a massive reinvestment in education.

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