March 3, 2021



(OPINION) Letter to the Prime Minister – L’

Dear Prime Minister, this is a letter from the bottom of my heart. I think from the start, whatever you could do, you did. You were a person who knew how to reassure us, who knew how to be there for our population. I am writing this note to you which is in the name of my future as a secondary 5 student.

This year is difficult, even incomprehensible. It is something that is unfortunately heavy to live for many, for all secondary 5 students and especially for students like me with attention deficit and learning difficulties. We need help, we need moral support, psychological support, our sports, our lunchtime, our physical education classes.

For me sport was a reason for going to school, a reason for my motivation, which helped me to concentrate, to persevere, to overcome my anxiety and my difficulties … the light at the end of the tunnel and unfortunately the tunnel and now bottomless and dark and quite honestly sometimes I think about quitting my school and it’s not to make you feel guilty that I’m saying it, it’s to make you realize the impact on young people. I have won the school perseverance award twice since I started high school.

I’m a curious guy and I love to learn it. But here I am discouraged. I see a lot of my friends going through the same thing as me. I see my sister, who is in her 3rd confinement since October, who was a leader of her volleyball team and who no longer knows how to spend her excess energy.

I see my little brother who is dyslexic and I’m relieved that at least he’s still in elementary school and can play outside at recess. This little brother who lived for hockey and who will not even be able to play on the neighborhood rink this winter and who technically could not even play with his friends in the street…. But my parents allow him to keep him away from the screens.

We must act!

Can you help us overcome all of this? School has never been such a flat place for me and for many students. Before, school was a place of learning, but also of meeting people and a place where we could play sports. Now all that has stopped. The great motivation and the great remedy for dropping out for many was the expenditure of energy that physical activity allowed us and the camaraderie that it brought us. A field in which even those who are academically successful can shine.

I found the school pleasant but all that is not any more of this world, disappeared like a speck of dust in the sweeper. We need resources, help, both students and teachers. We have to question ourselves about how young people are doing and how teachers are doing. We must ask ourselves how many young futures are currently mortgaged.


Eliott Beaulieu

Secondary 5 student