Nouvelle carte électorale: le PQ donnera du temps de parole à Manon Massé (FR)

“La députée de Québec solidaire Manon Massé n’est pas seule dans son combat pour empêcher la disparition de sa circonscription. Par solidarité, le Parti québécois promet de donner une partie de son temps de parole en chambre à Mme Massé lors du débat sur le redécoupage de la carte électorale qui aura lieu cette semaine à l’Assemblée nationale.”

Changes to the electoral map proposed by the Electoral Commission of Quebec continue to generate discontent within the many electoral districts that may disappear under the new reconfiguration. Among them, the most vocal proponent of this outcry is Manon Massé, Quebec Solidaire MNA for Sainte-Marie-Saint-Jacques, which might be swiped out of the National Assembly pending the electoral map is approved.

The Quebec Community Groups Network also had signified their discontent with the potential loss of Westmount-Saint Louis riding, a natural community with a cultural and historical significance.

Read the full article in La Presse

Read also the similar La Presse Canadienne article featured in Journal Métro and Radio-Canada

Premier Names Son of MNA to Liaise with English-speaking Community

“Haitian-born anti-discrimination lawyer Tamara Thermitus has been named head of the Quebec Human Rights Commission. She received the unanimous support of members of the National Assembly.”

The name of Tamara Thermitus had been circulating for at the National Assembly, but it was finally approved yesterday to show case diversity as an important figure of Quebec. Furthermore, the office of Premier Philippe Couillard also announced the nomination of Gregory Kelley, son of Aboriginal Affairs Minister Geoffrey Kelley, as liaison officer for the English-speaking community.

Interviewed for this article, Geoffrey Chambers said the QCGN was pleased with those two nominations. He hopes Kelley will help ensure access to health-care services in English as well as improve representativity of the English-speaking community in Quebec’s public service.

Read the full article in the Montreal Gazette

Quebec Liberals appoint anglophone liaison officer

The Liberal government has a new point person for Quebec’s English-speaking community. Gregory Kelley will serve as the province’s anglophone liaison officer. He formerly worked in the office of government House Leader Jean-Marc Fournier and is the son of Native Affairs Minister Geoff Kelley.

The Quebec Community Groups Network said it welcomes the appointment.

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Trudeau’s French answer to English question not (necessarily) wrong

“Context, context, context. Context is what separates the Anglophone minorities in Quebec from Francophone minorities in other provinces. Their respective victimhoods are indeed comparable; but they face struggles that are different in nature and different in scale.”

The author of this article from Prince Edward Island reflects on the possibility that Trudeau was conflicted between his loyalty to Canada and his loyalty to Quebec when he decided to answer in French to multiple questions asked in English during a town hall meeting in Sherbrooke. This explanation comes in hand with her expression of a structural difference between linguistic minorities.

She mentions us as one of the groups in Quebec who has filed complaints to the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages (which is wrong). However, there are no mentions that we have started a letter-writing campaign directed at Trudeau.

Read the full article in the Journal Pioneer.

QCGN Official Languages campaign

“QCGN director general Sylvia Martin Laforge joins Laura Casella in studio to talk about a campaign asking our Prime Minister to address members of Official Language communities in the language of their choice.”

Watch the full video made by Global Montreal

Quebecer slams Justin Trudeau on Facebook for French-only town hall responses

“A West Island man using Facebook to express his disappointment when Prime Minister chose to answer an Anglophone Quebec’ers question in French has sparked debate. Global’s Tim Sargeant reports.”

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« Le déclin du français au Québec : c’est assez », writes Mario Beaulieu

“Statistique Canada a récemment publié des chiffres alarmants sur le déclin du français au Canada et au Québec en 2036. Cette publication a suscité une vive réaction de Mario Beaulieu, le député de La Pointe-de-l’Île et porte-parole du Bloc québécois en matière de langue officielle.”

Following the release of Stats Canada’s projections on language in Canada, Mario Beaulieu wrote an article in the Huffington Post to blame the federal government for the drop in French language over the last 20 years. He also presented the argument that English-speaking groups, such as the QCGN and now defunct Alliance Quebec, were backed up by the feds to impose  the English language over the will of Quebec as a French-speaking province.

Read the full article on Radio-Canada International

Read Mario Beaulieu’s post in the Huffington Post

Lisée says Trudeau should have broken into English; complaints rise

“As a matter of common courtesy, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should have spoken English to Quebec anglophones, the leader of the Parti Québécois said Thursday.”

In a follow-up article to Trudeau’s language flap in Sherbrooke, Philip Authier addresses the multiple complaints that have been filed so far to the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages. Parti Quebecois leader, Jean-François Lisée, comments Trudeau’s action has no grasp of reality and policy on matters of language and identity and that he sees nothing wrong with speaking English with the English-speaking community of Quebec.

James Shea, president of the QCGN, also noted the whole community has been insulted by Trudeau’s action, and that we need an apology from him. From Davos, Premier Philippe Couillard weighed in saying French may be our common language, but he answers to English-speaking Quebecers in their language.

Read the full article in the Montreal Gazette

Angry anglos file complaints against Trudeau for French only answers in Quebec

“Three formal complaints have been filed against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with the Commissioner of Official Languages for refusing to speak English to a Quebec anglophone Tuesday in Sherbrooke.”

In this article, Philip Authier from the Montreal Gazette brushes a portrait of the situation leading up to formal complaints received by the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages questioning the possible violation of the Official Languages Act by prime minister Justin Trudeau. During a town hall meeting in Sherbrooke, Trudeau answered English questions asked by Eastern Townships citizens in French only, a behaviour he defended the following day during a press conference at Bishop’s University.

His attempt at redemption did not calm minority groups organizations, such as the QCGN, for whom its president, James Shea, asked for an apology. Other comments were issued in the article by Gerald Cutting, president of Townshippers’ Association, and Robert Libman, former leader of the Equality Party.

Read the full article in the Montreal Gazette

Justin Trudeau faces formal language complaints after French-only town hall

“Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is on the receiving end of three formal complaints filed with the federal commissioner of official languages after speaking only French despite English questions at a town hall meeting Tuesday night in Sherbrooke, Que.”

Following the town hall meeting in Sherbrooke, prime minister Justin Trudeau presented some excuses in a press conference saying in retrospect that he could have answered in English during the meeting. His decision to speak only French struck a nerve with members of the English-speaking community in the Eastern Townships.

Reactions from Gerald Cutting, president of the Townshippers’ Association, and James Shea, president of the QCGN, commented by saying how shocking Trudeau’s stance was, even to French-speaking Quebecers. Anthony Housefather, Liberal MP for Mount Royal, considers the event as an anomaly to Trudeau’s “long history of standing up for official bilingualism.”

Read the full article on CBC News