TRAINEE / The PQ MNA for Jonquiere, Sylvain Gaudreault, denounced the remarks of the Minister for Higher Education, Helene David, which he refuses to change the law to ensure exclusivity in certain CEGEPs.
Mr. Gaudreault said he had asked the minister whether she intended to proceed with Demers report, covering the collegiate training offer, claimed by the PQ when in power. The report advised among others to protect the exclusivity of certain programs, including Art and Media Technology (ATM) Cégep de Jonquière.
“The Andre-Grasset College, from the Montreal area, has created a television program post-production, such as what is offered here in 2013,” said the MP. He believes that this program should not have been accepted since this private competes in a public institution.
According to him, the Private Education Act should be amended, as requested by the report so that this situation does not happen again.
However, Ms. David’s answer disappointed him.
“I feel it trivializes the situation. It considers that since 93% of students who wish to go into postproduction go to ATM while only 7% go to Montreal, it is not necessary to change the law, “he added.
According to Mr. Gaudreault, the minister should commit to protect the exclusivity of ATM. “Mrs. David recognizes that this is a good program. So if she really think that ATM’s worth, it should act accordingly, “he believes.
“I request that clearly states its intention to amend the law,” adds Sylvain Gaudreault.
The Private Education Act does not allow the government to deny licenses to private institutions that observe all the requirements. Moreover, he could not remove an existing license, even if a college has the exclusivity of a program.