FREDERICTON (GNB) – Attorney General Serge Rousselle announced today that the provincial government has filed a reference question with the New Brunswick Court of Appeal, asking the top court to clarify the province’s obligations with regard to providing student transportation.

“Questions have been raised about a practice that has been ongoing for many years,” said Rousselle, who is also the minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. “The Court of Appeal can provide further clarity on important questions touching on relevant constitutional issues for the benefit of all New Brunswickers. We are seeking the court’s advice regarding our obligations related to school bus transportation.”

The reference question, which was approved by cabinet through an Order in Council, is:

  • Is there, in New Brunswick, a constitutional obligation to provide distinct school transportation in relation to one or the other official language?

“We look forward to having the Court of Appeal clarify our obligations so that we respect the rule of law,” Rousselle said.