CAQ Misses the Mark with Scheme to Abolish School Boards

Montreal – January 19, 2018 – The Quebec Community Groups Network is shocked that the Coalition Avenir Québec is resurrecting a much-maligned plan to abolish school boards. We are disappointed that the CAQ would display such little knowledge or understanding of Quebec’s English-speaking community and the vast importance we place on the control and management of […]

Investigation opened into CHUM English case

“There is now a formal investigation into the case of a man who said he was mistreated by a doctor at the CHUM because he didn’t speak French” A retired Canadian citizen of Polish origin was allegedly mocked in French because he asked to be served in English at the CHUM, Montreal’s French-language superhospital. His […]

Montreal’s mayor criticized for too much English in city’s budget documents

“Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante is under fire over her administration’s newly released budget. While the opposition has expressed its anger over tax increases, the Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste (SSJB), as well as Mouvement Montréal français (MMF), are taking aim not at the content of the budget — but its language.” Two Montreal-based nationalist groups criticized the Plante administration […]

The Bonjour-Hi Debate Is Being Overblown By The Public

“It’s not that a crackdown on English is without precedent, but lately the way controversies get framed in North American media is different.” An opinion letter in the HuffPost frames the “Bonjour-Hi” debate as a non-issue. The writer contends it was an outsized reaction to the non-binding motion unanimously voted in the National Assembly. The […]

Bonjour-Hi: Couillard repents, but anglo group too furious to forgive

“Accused in writing of participating in an exercise that heaped scorn on the English-speaking community, Premier Philippe Couillard has moved to patch up relations in the wake of the Bonjour-Hi debacle.” Premier Philippe Couillard moved to patch up relations with English-speaking Quebecers in the wake of the Bonjour-Hi debacle after receiving a letter from the […]

Parti Québécois Leader Admits “Bonjour-Hi” Ban Was “A Trap” To Make Other Politicians Look Bad

“Jean-François Lisée, leader of the Parti Quebecois, the political party who started the “Bonjour-Hi” debacle that took over the province, revealed the party’s true intentions behind the bill to denounce the iconic bilingual greeting.” Read the article published on MTL Blog

Kathleen Weil will keep saying «bonjour-hi»

“La motion invitant tous les commerçants à accueillir leurs clients avec un « bonjour » bien senti, qui a été adoptée il y a une semaine par tous les élus de l’Assemblée nationale, n’y changera rien. À « bonjour-hi », la ministre Kathleen Weil continuera de répondre « bonjour-hi », y voyant « un signe de respect » à l’égard de son interlocuteur.” […]

Official languages: doubts on Raymond Théberge’s approach

“Le deuxième candidat choisi par Justin Trudeau pour occuper le poste de commissaire aux langues officielles s’en est mieux tiré que la candidate initiale pour le poste au jeu des questions et réponses à la chambre haute, même si des sénateurs ont émis des doutes sur sa capacité d’assumer pleinement son rôle de chien de […]

Bonjour-Hi: English-speakers are surprised by the debate.

“De nombreux anglophones sont surpris du débat actuel sur le «Bonjour-Hi»: ils apprécient l’expression de courtoisie — avec le français en premier — et jugent que l’Assemblée nationale devrait avoir d’autres chats à fouetter.” Many English-speaking Quebecers are surprised by the political debate that has suddenly sprung up around a common greeting in Montreal. For […]

Anglo secretariat lauded, but underfunded

“The man tapped to head the Quebec government’s brand new secretariat for relations with English-speaking Quebecers, needs no introduction, as they say, to the community he is mandated to serve.” The Minister responsible for Relations with English-Speaking Quebecers, Kathleen Weil, announced the creation of the Secretariat for relations with English-speaking Quebecers during a press conference […]

Framework of Secretariat for English-speaking Quebecers a Start

Montreal – November 24, 2017 – This is a moment that could and should inspire positive action for and from English-speaking Quebecers. The Quebec government’s freshly proposed framework for the new Secretariat Responsible for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers is but a first and very modest move in the right direction. “This is a small albeit […]

Couillard says Liberals are ready to rumble as election countdown begins

“The Liberals have 312 days ahead to prove they merit the renewed confidence of Quebecers and the party is up to the task, Premier Philippe Couillard said Friday.” Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard appeared in campaign mode as he addressed voters and his party at the Quebec Liberal Party convention. Couillard said the Liberals are prepared […]

William Floch to head new secretariat for English-speaking community

“Kathleen Weil is the first minister responsible for English-speaking Quebecers in the history of the Quebec Liberal Party and she’s delivering on a promise made by Premier Philippe Couillard” Kathleen Weil, new Minister for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers, is poised to deliver on a promise made by Premier Philippe Couillard. William Floch, a former Canadian […]

Ensuring English-speaking Quebecers’ voices are heard, heeded

By James Shea and Geoffrey Chambers English-speaking Quebecers have long been striving to convince successive Quebec governments to acknowledge and help mend a gaping democratic deficit — one that for decades has quietly been hindering our community and our province. We have long called for a mechanism for the voice of our linguistic minority community […]

Election in the air? Quebec Liberals to debate anglo-centric resolutions

“First we got an anglophone relations minister; now Le Devoir reports that at the upcoming Quebec Liberal policy convention, delegates will be debating five resolutions focused on anglos.” Indications of an upcoming provincial election are tantalizing journalists. Geoffrey Chambers, vice-president of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), welcomes the Quebec Liberal Party decision to debate five […]