Education missing from the campaign

Education missing from the campaign


Rarely in an election campaign has so little been said about education. During the first two weeks of the campaign, François Legault touched on the theme by talking about the renovation of school buildings and proposed a program to purchase Quebec books for students. Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois reiterated his promise of the red squares. 

No substantive debate on academic success, the functioning of schools or the role of our post-secondary institutions. Yet education is probably the most fundamental determinant of our success. Our economic success depends on training the employees of tomorrow. Our linguistic and cultural survival also depends on the quality of education.

Jean-François Roberge

The decision of the four opposition parties to set aside the theme of education contrasts with a certain discourse that had recently taken hold. Since the start of the pandemic, Minister Jean-François Roberge has suffered the wrath of the opposition more than anyone else.

It must be said that he had before him opposition deputies among the most tough and efficient, including the liberal Marwah Rizqy. He has been repeatedly asked for his resignation, he has been portrayed as the worst minister of all.  

I always thought that the aggressiveness towards Jean-François Roberge had been exaggerated. This teacher was a good Minister of Education until the pandemic. He has not been at his best in handling a crisis. He lost the public over the issue of school breakdowns. Let's say that he was not helped by Public Health.  

I have always felt Education and Public Health at loggerheads. When public health answers were needed, schools waited a long time. It seemed like everything was being done to put the Minister of Education on a tightrope.

Be that as it may, if everything was going so badly in education, if Jean-François Roberge's decisions had broken the system, political opponents would have launched themselves from the first days of the campaign to propose changes.  

Two weeks without addressing the theme of education is astonishing, almost unacceptable in itself. But it's even more incomprehensible when we've spent the last two years crying foul.  

Revolving doors

Given the harsh criticism, should Francois Legault have moved Roberge into a reshuffle? This question arises. I must say that I am rather sympathetic to the idea of ​​leaving people in post for significant periods of time.

Before Roberge, we attended the revolving doors at Education. Seven ministers in eight years in such a complex ministry is the guarantee of an absence of leadership. The minister is always new and arrives in a complex universe of heavy bureaucracy and suspicious trade unionism. Time to familiarize yourself, and bye!

With its successes and its errors, the fact of keeping a minister from the milieu in office for four years was a guarantee of stability.

But there is still a lot of work to do, and we expect parties to present their vision to us.

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