Plan d’action 2018-2023 – Comment seront partagés les 400 millions entre les minorités de langue officielle ?

In an interview with Francopresse, QCGN President James Shea discusses our community’s expectations out of the 2018-2023 Action Plan.

The recent federal budget indicated that there will be an additional $400 million in support for Official Languages, however the details of how the money will be spent are not yet known.

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Quebec finance minister consults with anglophones on budget

For what is being billed as a first by a Quebec government, Finance Minister Carlos Leitão met with several anglophone groups in a closed-door session at McGill University on Wednesday as part of the consultation process for the next budget.

“There are some specific needs and we are going to try to address that,” he said. “This is just addressing issues of a very important component of our society.”

Groups attending included Youth Employment Services, the English Montreal School Board and the Quebec Community Groups Network. The QCGN was particularly interested in establishing committees to serve the English hospitals in Montreal, organizations that act as access points for the English-speaking community and their hospitals.

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Finance Minister Leitão Sounding Anglos Out About Next Quebec Budget

What do Quebec’s anglophones want in the upcoming Quebec budget?

That was the subject of a meeting at McGill University on Wednesday involving finance minister Carlos Leitao, anglo relations minister Kathleen Weil and members of more than a dozen community groups across the province.

Eric Maldoff, the chair of the health and social services committee at the Quebec Community Groups Network, says his group and others were looking for more money for the newly-created secretariat for English-speaking Quebecers, which would allow them to hire more staff to do research to better address the community’s concerns.

They were also looking for more funding for various community groups across the province, in order to better fulfill their mission to serve the anglophone community, particularly in the outlying regions.

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Finance Minister Carlos Leitão gets earful from English-speaking community

English-speaking community groups used rare face time with the province’s finance minister on Wednesday to make a pitch for more funding and to reveal a litany of bureaucratic roadblocks they have encountered in trying to ensure services for the minority.

But while cagey on what he will deliver in the provincial budget to be tabled this month, Carlos Leitão argued the money may already be there and just needs to funnelled better.

“In a general sense, there will be a section in the budget that will address the issues the community has raised and will address the fact we now have a secretariat (for the English-speaking community),” Leitão told reporters.

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Leitão, Weil meet with Anglo groups for budget feedback

With Quebec’s next budget just around the corner, Finance Minister Carlos Leitão asked Anglophone communities how the government should be spending its money on Wednesday. 

Leitão and Minister for English-Speaking Quebecers Kathleen Weil held a private meeting with several groups at McGill University. It’s part of a series of consultations to prepare for the budget, which will be released in several weeks.

 

The Quebec Community Groups Network, which was at the meeting, welcomed the news, but noted that there isn’t much time for any feedback to find its way into the budget.

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Anglo community groups press MNAs for better access to public services in English

The provincial budget is set to be tabled later this month, and as part of his preparations, Finance Minister Carlos Leitão sat down to consult with anglophone community groups Wednesday.

In a first-of-its kind meeting with English-speaking community groups, the groups used their time to let the minister know they’re fighting hard to ensure access to public services in English – and they need more support.

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Quebec Finance Minister to Meet with Anglophones Ahead of Next Budget

The Quebec government continues to reach out to anglophones. Quebec Finance minister Carlos Leitao will be meeting with them on Wednesday ahead of his next budget.

As part of consultations preparing for the budget, he’s holding a private meeting with several anglo groups at McGill University seeking feedback on how Quebec should spend money.

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Weil promises aggressive ‘Anglo’ action plan

“With only a single session left to go before the next October election, Kathleen Weil — Québec’s Minister in charge of the so-called ‘Anglo’ file – told The Suburban that the Couillard administration is determined to work out a “…real and concrete” action plan in order to preserve and protect the vitality of what’s left of Québec’s English-speaking communities throughout the province.”

The Minister Responsible for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers, Kathleen Weil, said she is determined to come up with a real and concrete action plan for Quebec’s English-speaking communities, reports The Suburban. Last week, Weil reached out to more than 40 English-speaking community leaders at Concordia’s University.

Among the leaders, Eric Maldoff, chair of the Health and Services Committee at the QCGN, said rights of many English-speaking Quebecers were dismissed by the government.

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Anglophones aren’t just crybabies

Geoffrey Chambers, vice-president of the Quebec Community Groups Network talks about the new poll on anglos and the response to it”

English-speaking Quebecers feel themselves to be less welcome in Quebec, Geoffrey Chambers, vice-president of the Quebec Community Groups Network, confirms during a wide-ranging interview with CTV Montreal. A recent Léger poll commissioned by the Journal de Montréal suggested that many younger members of the community are considering leaving the province, to pursue more promising opportunities elsewhere. However, there is “a lot of determination to stay and make things better,” Chambers adds.

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Angry, they might drop the Libs for the CAQ

“Dans un revirement qui pourrait être historique, des anglophones frustrés pensent délaisser le Parti libéral du Québec aux prochaines élections provinciales. Ils s’estiment tenus pour acquis.”

Many English-speaking Quebecers expressed the possibility to vote for another party than the Liberal Party of Quebec which has gained the electoral support of the community for the last 40 years. Citizens such as Gary Shapiro and former Equality Party MNA Robert Libman talked about the issue in the article.

QCGN Director General Sylvia Martin-Laforge nuanced the possibility stating that all parties have something to offer, and that the Coalition Avenir Québec doesn’t have everything set.

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