Ten independent board members of MUHC resign en masse

“The 10 independent members of the board of directors of the McGill University Health Centre resigned en masse Monday, saying they have been hamstrung by Quebec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette” The board said it cannot function effectively with a health minister who threatens trusteeship, especially since it can’t even name its chair or CEO. This […]

Community looks forward to MUHC resolution

Montreal, July 10, 2017 – The crisis in governance and leadership at the McGill University Health Centre has moved a substantial step closer to being resolved following today’s mass resignation of independent board members, said the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN). “Each of these board members deserves to be commended for having done the right thing,” […]

MUHC independent board members resign, cite conflict with health minister

“Concerns are growing over the future of the MUHC after a mass resignation of the board’s independent members. As Global’s Tim Sargeant reports, union leaders say it’s a sign of bad relation that’s having a negative impact on patient care.” The volunteer members who have resigned cited a lack of dialogue over the last two […]

The fate of English-speaking Quebecers (FR)

“On dirait que les Anglo-Québécois se sont embellis. Les politiciens cherchent à les courtiser. Il y a deux semaines, le premier ministre Philippe Couillard a annoncé que son gouvernement établirait un secrétariat chargé de gérer les relations avec la minorité anglophone.” In this opinion piece, Christopher Neal illustrates how the many mistakes the government has […]

Bell Media Must Restore Local Sports at CTV Montreal: QCGN

Montreal, June 21, 2017 – The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) today called on broadcasting giant Bell Media to reverse its decision to kill local sportscasts on CTV Montreal. Simultaneously, the federally regulated broadcaster on Tuesday eliminated regional and local sportscasting across the country. “This is simply about respect and fair play,” said QCGN President James […]

Speed Dating Event Creates Links Between Community Leaders and Federal Partners

Montreal – June 16, 2017 –  More than 70 community leaders and 14 federal institutions participated in “Speed-Dating with Quebec’s English-speaking Community,” a three-hour matchmaking event during the Annual Meeting of the Quebec Community Groups Network on June 15. With financial support from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), and organizational backup the Community […]

Quebec premier promises Anglophone Affairs Office

Premier Philippe Couillard says he’s changed his mind about creating a special Anglophone Affairs Office. The idea has been floated around by both the Liberals and the Parti Quebecois since the last provincial election and now that the next election is a year away — the premier says it’s coming soon. “John, 75 years old, lives […]

Swift positive reaction to Couillard’s new anglo secretariat

Conceding some of the recent tensions in the English-speaking community over health and education could have been averted, Premier Philippe Couillard has announced plans to put in place a new government secretariat dealing with the minority’s issues. And in a significant shift from his past views, Couillard has not ruled out naming a specific cabinet […]

Secretariat Appointed for Anglos

Geoffrey Chambers, head of the Quebec Community Groups Network, discusses what the appointment means for Anglos in Quebec. Watch the video on CTV News Montreal

Quebec Liberals trying to reconnect with Anglophones

This week the Liberals sent a letter to federal ministers about the challenges faced by English-speaking communities outside of Montreal, while Premier Philippe Couillard announced he is creating a new administrative office dedicated to anglophones. This group will be part of the premier’s executive council and will “state and voice their concerns at the highest […]

QCGN Welcomes Creation of new Secretariat in Premier’s Office

Montreal, June 15, 2017 – Four years ago, the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) passed a resolution requesting formal representation within the government of Quebec to give voice to the policy-development interests of the English-speaking community. Today, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard shared plans to establish a secretariat within the Conseil Executif – the highest level of […]

Couillard government concerned about “assimilation” of outlying anglophone communities

The Couillard government says it’s concerned about the isolation and assimilation of anglophone communities in Quebec’s outlying regions. Jean-Marc Fournier, minister responsible for intergovernmental affairs and the Francophonie, reportedly said in a letter to the federal heritage minister that they are concerned about the isolation and assimilation of the anglophone communities in the outer regions […]

Checking in: Should we worry about the Anglophone minority of Quebec? (FR)

The Couillard government wonders if more money should be invested in order to offer services to Anglophones who live outside of Montreal. Projections show however that their demographic weight should increase. Between 1996 and 2011, the number of Quebecers who live outside of Montreal whose mother tongue is English decreased by 2.3%. Nevertheless, Statistics Canada […]

Quebec government calls on Ottawa to help province’s small English communities

The Quebec government is calling on Ottawa to provide help for the province’s anglophone communities outside Montreal. Ministers say they are worried about the survival of those communities and are asking to give them a financial boost. Canadian Heritage Minister Melanie Joly asked House Leader and Minister for La Francophonie Jean-Marc Fournier to share his […]

Couillard government has taken anglophone decline to heart, group says

QUEBEC — Representatives of Quebec’s English-speaking community are welcoming news the Quebec and federal governments are having a fresh look at ways to deal with the decline and fragile future of rural minorities. “I’ve never seen a letter quite like this, which appears to address and recognize some of the concerns we have been talking […]