The English Montreal Faculty Board (EMSB) is asking for the Quebec authorities’s approval to make use of federal funding for its courtroom challenges towards two of the province legal guidelines, together with Invoice 21.
Quebec’s largest English-language college board introduced the choice on Thursday after it stated final week it might resign grant cash accredited by the Court docket Challenges Program.
“All of the EMSB needs is to be allowed to avail itself of all funding sources on the disposal of all minority teams as a way to have its constitutional instances heard and judged in a Quebec courtroom,” the varsity board stated in an announcement.
The EMSB was granted the federal funding from this system to problem the Legault authorities’s contentious secularism legislation, which bars some public-sector staff from carrying non secular symbols at work.
A grant was additionally accredited for the EMSB’s combat towards a part of the Quebec Schooling Act. The varsity board utilized for the cash after it was pressured to switch a few of its buildings to an overcrowded French-language college board final yr.
The Court docket Challenges Program of Canada is an impartial non-profit run out of the College of Ottawa. It gives monetary help to teams bringing human rights or language-related instances of nationwide significance earlier than the courts.
Final week, Quebec Premier François Legault lashed out on the Canadian authorities after studying in regards to the cash awarded to the EMSB and stated it was unacceptable.
Legault demanded Prime Minister Justin Trudeau intervene to cease the cost. Trudeau, for his half, stated this system is run by an impartial physique that makes its personal selections.
The EMSB stated on Thursday that regardless of renouncing the federal funding, its resolve to problem these legal guidelines hasn’t been weakened. It stated it’s “counter-intuitive” that it should ask for the province’s permission to just accept the grants.
— With information from International Information’ Annabelle Olivier and the Canadian Press
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