Postponement of school elections in 2020?

School boards in the region welcome the proposal by Education Minister Sébastien Proulx to postpone the next school board elections in 2020. The poll was initially scheduled for November 2018, barely a month after the end of the elections. provincial.

“There is a discussion going on with all political parties,” Proulx said Thursday. “Given the proximity to the provincial poll, but especially with the intention of several parliamentarians and school boards to want to think about an electronic voting method that could encourage participation in elections,” the government assesses the possibility of postponing the next school ballot to 2020, he continued.

All parties in the National Assembly would have expressed their support for the proposal, confirmed the minister, noting that only Quebec solidaire had not forwarded a response for now.

Yves Gilbert, President of the Commission scolaire des Hauts-Cantons, welcomes this proposal with enthusiasm. “At the Federation of School Boards, the presidents, we thought about that and found that having a school election right after a provincial election did not make much sense. I feel that globally we welcome this favor, “he says.

The year 2020 has been targeted since federal elections will be held in 2019, and 2021 will then lead to new municipal elections. “It would be like a cycle of elections, with a ballot each year: municipal, provincial, federal and then school, and we start again. I do not find it stupid, if we want to give a chance to democracy to do its work, “continues Mr. Gilbert.

If the postponement takes place, elected officials will therefore have their term extended, as was the case when the 2011 school board elections were postponed until 2014. Their mandate would last for 6 years rather than the 4 years provided for.

Electronic voting

The possibility of introducing an electronic voting system in 2020 also weighs heavily, while it is hoped that it will lead to savings, but above all to increase the very low participation rate. Remember that it was 4.86% province-wide in the last election. In Estrie, it was 7.6% on average in the three French school boards, and 15% in the Eastern Townships Anglophone School Board.

Gilbert is also in favor of this idea: “Today, life is fast. The families have three or four children, the evening they have homework to do, the weekend there are family activities, hockey tournaments … I think this is a way that could facilitate the participation of families who have children in school, and who is a target that must be considered so that they can choose their spokespeople at the school board. It can also be a good way to get older people. ” With the sun

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