Parties’ Commitments to Education
Since provincial elections are now held on fixed dates, the FPPE adopted a communications and political action plan in the winter of 2018 for the October elections.
Among other things, this plan involved meetings with various political parties. With the exception of the Quebec Liberal Party, which did not respond to our invitation, Johanne Pomerleau and myself met with representatives of all the main parties—namely Québec solidaire, the Parti Québécois and the Coalition Avenir Québec—during the spring.
We spoke with them at length about the issues facing education professionals as the electoral platforms took shape behind the scenes. As a result of these discussions, links and information channels between the Fédération, the parties’ spokespersons on matters relating to education, as well as their political staff were either established or strengthened. Among other things, the discussions allowed us to better equip the parties with tools to facilitate the collection of data about professionals, and also made it possible for us to react quickly and in a direct manner when responding to problematic announcements such as that of the CAQ concerning education consultants.
The results of these meetings are satisfactory. All the parties now demonstrate firm and clear commitment to professional services. Such a commitment was non-existent during the 2014 campaign.
These exchanges also provided us with first-hand information on the respective platforms of the different parties. Here is a summary of each party’s commitments with respect to the main issues related to education in this campaign. Please note that this table is not complete. Several announcements are yet to be made, more specifically on the fiscal framework each party will be proposing.
Karine Lapierre, Communications Consultant