QCGN Welcomes Promises of New Investments in Official Language Programming

Montreal – February 27, 2018 – The Quebec Community Groups Network welcomes today’s federal budget that will add $400 million in new funding over five years to support official language programs critical to the vitality of English-speaking Quebec. “English-speaking Quebecers have reason to be optimistic about the hints dropped in this budget concerning the upcoming […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Young Anglos want to leave (FR)

“Frustrés et inquiets pour leur avenir, la moitié des jeunes anglophones du Québec estiment que leurs relations avec les francophones sont conflictuelles, au point où certains décident de quitter la province.” Sixty per cent of young English-speaking Quebecers say they have considered leaving Quebec according to a new poll conducted by Léger for Journal de […]

Quebec’s next budget to address needs of anglophones: Weil

“Quebec’s minister responsible for anglophone issues is raising hopes that the concerns and needs of the province’s English-speaking communities will be tackled in a concrete way in Quebec’s next budget.” Minister Kathleen Weil held an all-day forum at Concordia University to hear from about 40 leaders of groups and institutions that serve the English-speaking communities […]

Minister reaches out to English-speaking Quebecers in daylong forum

“Anglophone groups got a chance to air their grievances and suggest solutions on Friday at an all-day forum at Concordia University.” English-language groups discussed their grievances and suggested solutions last Friday during a forum at Concordia University. The Minister Responsible for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers, Kathleen Weil, says the priorities for the communities are clear […]

Anglos have long list of grievances, Quebec document reveals on eve of Montreal forum

“With English-speaking Quebecers bluntly saying they feel like a “square peg in a round hole,” a cabinet minister says a plan to deal with the community’s frustration and angst will go beyond symbolism and offer concrete ideas to ensure its vitality.” On the eve of a Montreal forum gathering minority English-language groups from across the […]

Celine Cooper: Let’s ensure age-friendly Montreal is inclusive

“The Plante administration recently announced that it will hold public consultations on its new Municipal Action Plan for Seniors 2018-2020. It has since been criticized (rightly, in my opinion) by two research organizations based at Concordia University for developing a plan using a process that excludes some of Montreal’s most vulnerable and marginalized seniors, including unilingual anglophones, immigrants and people with limited mobility.” Celine Cooper argues that […]

Allison Hanes: Promises to anglos must be realized before election

“The next Quebec election is still eight months away, but already it’s starting. The quadrennial flirtation between political parties and Quebec anglophones, that most awkward and unfulfilling of courtships, is upon us again.” Montreal Gazette columnist Allison Hanes is asking Quebec’s political parties to do better if they hope to gain the vote of English-speaking […]

CAQ putting emphasis on team with election on horizon

“The Coalition Avenir Quebec is meeting in Ste. Adele this week to prepare for the spring session of the National Assembly — but more importantly, to lay the groundwork for this year’s provincial election.” Coalition Avenir Québec leader François Legault presented Dr. Lionel Carmant as the potential candidate to be health minister in a CAQ […]

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 […]