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Québec Premier François Legault responds to the Opposition during question period, Feb. 7, 2020, at the legislature in Québec City. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

Québec’s Bill 40 further undermines the province’s English-language school system

Ontario and New Brunswick francophones have spoken out against Québec abolishing English school boards, fearing this could set a negative precedent for French language education rights across Canada.
Quebec school children are seen here in this 2008 photo. In 1997, the province of Quebec divided secular schools along English and French lines instead of by religion. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Why Canada divides children into separate schools

Recent calls to create one secular school system in Ontario for each official language, like the system in Quebec, may actually reinforce the divisions that have plagued Canadian history.

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