FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government will ask the New Brunswick Court of Appeal to clarify the province’s obligations when it comes to providing student transportation through a reference question.

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

The reference question, which has been approved by cabinet through an Order in Council, will be:

  • 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, and offer any other guidance that it deems appropriate in terms of how this should be accomplished,” Rousselle said.