Monday, 30 September 2013

Canadian soldier told that his daughter could not attend English school

Photo: Soldier Eric Aumand and daughter















By Mike Kane Putbacktheflag.com


We recently received a letter from a Canadian soldier that details intimidation and harassment by Quebec's Ministry of Education that nearly cost his daughter entry into English school. Below you will read details of the exchange that went on between Mr. Aumand and the person responsible at the ministry.

Mr Aumand's letter to PBTF:
The person who called me is Mister Fu Sun, he is the Designated Person of the Ministry of Education (Ministère de l'Éducation) and "personne responsable d'admissibilité à l'enseignement en Anglais" and confirmed by the English school board here in Quebec.

Mr. Fu Sun called the school board to get my contact information and lied to them on the phone telling them he only had a few questions to finalize our file as we filed under the military exemption status to send our daughter to an English School. Well, that was a lie, and the School Board apologized profusely this morning to me because of this and are taking actions to try and ensure he doesn't do this again, as according to them, this is not the first time he does this.

Mr. Fu Sun called me and told me that he needed PROOF that I would be posted outside the province in order to allow my kids the right to an English education, he wanted proof that I would be imminently posted. When I told him that the only time a military member gets proof is when we get our posting messages, that is the ONLY time we can confirm.  We get this approximately around the month of April of any possible posting.

He then asked me if I was aware that the law had changed, and that the exemption was no longer granted, I told him that according to my knowledge, that was only a proposed item in Bill 14, he said and I quote "non, monsieur (chuckle) vous vous trompez."

He was trying to convince me that the laws had changed on the exemption and that there was "jurisprudence".  I found out this morning, speaking with the school board that he was referring to a case where a military member a while back was ill, and because of his illness (post Afghanistan and illness related to the mission) he would never be posted, so, his request had been denied due to the fact that he would never be posted outside Quebec.  What Mr. Fu Sun is trying to do now, is create further jurisprudence to essentially require proof that a member will be posted within a certain time in order to obtain the right to send our kids to an English school.

He asked me on the phone last night if my daughter was currently IN her English school, when I said yes she was and that I had filed under my exemption, he told me, and I quote, "mais monsieur, c'est illégal, vous n'avez pas encore le droit lorsqu'on n'a pas approuvé votre demande"

When I asked who makes the decision, he told me that he was the one making decisions. When I asked him to cite the law that states that my military exemption had changed, he laughed and tried to change the direction of the conversation. This man tried to intimidate me and scare me into thinking that I was breaking the law so I could pull my child out of school myself.

Please spread this letter as far as you can so everyone is aware of the situation in Quebec. I would hope that this never happens to another military family.

Eric Aumand - Canadian Military and father

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11 comments:

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  2. When will the Federal gov put their foot down and stop this crap. Quebec is still part of Canada. .

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  3. It's disgusting how Quebec is treating our soldiers, how they are treating Canadians in general. They want to make Quebec a country, then fine, however please do it in a manner that we will still have a shred of dignity.

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    1. No thank you, I already have a country it's name is Canada.
      And my Canada includes Quebec, no matter what the Separatists try to say or do.
      What they need to do 1st is follow the statutes already in place, 2nd stop trying to limit even more anyone who does not fit in their "round hole", 3rd remove the current discriminatory statutes that limit everyone's freedom of choice, in all things, language, religion, etc.

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  4. I am feeling a little out of the loop here. I have a 10 month old child and have actually placed bagotville as a preference. If I am posted to bagotville when my child begins school I will not be given the option of an english school for her?

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    1. There will. Every military instalation in quebec has an english school.
      http://www.qesba.qc.ca/en/am-i-eligible/item/declaration-d-admissibilite

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    2. Yeah you will be fine William depending on what ends up happening with the PQ's proposed bill 14. For now you should be fine, though expect perhaps a little resistance from the Ministry of Education here in quebec, as I experienced. It's shameful what lengths they go to in order to get you to send your kids to french school, they prey on the uninformed, so make sure you know your rights.

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  5. Quebec, such a wonderful place to be.

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  6. this cant help but remind me of regulation 17. with bill 14 we are one step ahead of heading into what is the french version of regulation 17.evil replaces another evil.

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  7. What really amazes me is that we are taking about Quebec, Canada not some fascist or communist torture state.

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  8. wow that appols me. So sad to here this I don't know why A soldier should have to deal with this kind of stuff. I feel that this soldier is fighting for us and should be treateed as such just because he was in the military doesn't mean his daughter can't go to school. Eric Aumand I just want you to know that I thank you for everything you have done. Like I always say if you don't support our troops feel free to stand in front of them. This is all i have to say on this story

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