To start with, we have no assurance that one penny of that money would go to what the Official Languages Act and the Constitution of Canada requires this level of government to worry about, which is an equitable delivery of services to all Quebec students. We're not imputing any bad faith in saying so, but the fact is that education policy quite normally gets established by the needs of the majority community in Quebec.
There are close to one million French sector public school students. We are at about 100,000. That results in our having school boards with kids on buses for an hour and a half, school boards the size of Belgium, and school boards and students who don't automatically get to benefit from the bottom-line services each day in school, with this being left exclusively to the provincial jurisdiction.
It should be noted that there's absolutely no parallel with those areas where you get reports that contribution agreements work. We absolutely need the oversight here. The items we've mentioned, the community learning centres, would not exist. There's no parallel in the majority French community as there's no parallel in English Canada, but there is in French Canada. They would not exist if this becomes simply an agreement. The notion of our continuing, as we do, to be Canada's leaders in second language education would likely be rather impossible. We've had very little recognition from our Quebec government about the fundamental role we play in helping Quebeckers master French. That wouldn't happen without this agreement.
We can tell you in each sector of student activity where a designated agreement requiring community consultation and federal government oversight is serving our students. We're Canada's leaders in including students with special needs in the overall education experience. We do that with your money, to a greater extent than our francophone counterparts. We have reading enhancement programs that are a result of this current regime. We have student services that are a result of this current regime. We have consultation processes with our parents that are largely a result of the current regime.
Just a very quick segue, through Monsieur Bélanger's intervention. The L’actualité report should be a lightning rod for showing you why federal oversight is required. We wouldn't dare get into a comparison game
with our francophone colleagues in the rest of the country. However there is a marked difference that we experience every morning. We have to do right by the anglophone minority community in Quebec and do so despite the political wishes of certain individuals. The situation here is not the same as that in the rest of the country. That's another reason why we need your protection.