A WORD FROM THE PRESIDENT
Jacques Landry, President, FPPE(CSQ)
This year’s theme, “Professional Education Services: Engraved in my Heart”, reflects exactly who we are and what we wish to preserve at all costs for the future of Quebec’s society.
We lived through difficult years under the governments of Jean Charest and Philippe Couillard, when public services were weakened and left to fend for themselves. Who doesn’t remember the austerity that shrouded public services and its workers? Meanwhile, billions were made available for companies like Bombardier, and we all know how that turned out.
Slowly, private services have taken advantage of this environment to establish themselves and to grow. In addition to firms, agencies copying the healthcare model have flourished. According to recent polls, this situation has led to a new reality: the public increasingly believes that the solution to current problems lies in the private sector.
Yet each of us knows that nothing can replace professionals who work directly with students. Proximity ensures that each intervention is adapted to the student’s living environment and that contact with parents and all school partners is optimized.
In June 2022, the Quebec Ombudsman confirmed what we already knew by clearly stating that the private sector is a false solution to a real problem. In its special report, it reaffirms that the assessments and intervention strategies offered by private services are disconnected from the school reality.
The CAQ government has opened up several professional positions since it came to power. Unfortunately, for the third year in a row, more than 500 of them remain vacant. More than ever, this is a powerful sign that our professions must be given the value they deserve and made more attractive, so that Quebecers can have real access to services that meet students’ current needs. And it is certainly not by offering virtual services that our government will succeed.
Because all professionals, whether they are in direct services or educational or administrative support, want more than anything for each individual to succeed and receive the public services they need. In fact, these services are engraved in their hearts!
Have a great Pros Week!