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 […]

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 […]

Madeleine Meilleur withdraws as candidate for language commissioner

“Madeleine Meilleur has pulled out of the running for the job of Canada’s language commissioner, saying the controversy surrounding her candidacy has compromised her ability to do the job.” Faced with increasingly difficult question about the process of her nomination, Madeleine Meilleur recused from her bid to the Official Languages post via a letter to […]

QCGN Looks Forward to Champion for All Official Language Minority Communities

Montreal – June 7, 2017 – The Quebec Community Groups Network is appreciative that Madeleine Meilleur has decided to withdraw her name from consideration as Canada’s next Commissioner of Official Languages. We hope an open, transparent and inclusive process is enacted to choose a Commissioner of Official Languages “We congratulate Mme Meilleur for her wisdom […]

Madeleine Meilleur takes herself out of the running for languages commissioner job

“Federal Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly says her controversial pick for the position of official languages commissioner is withdrawing her candidacy.” In a letter to the Minister, Madeleine Meilleur expressed regrets for the controversy surrounding her nominations, and also concluded that her ability to perform would have been compromised. Opposition Leader, Andrew Scheer, mentioned that such appointment […]

Ottawa’s choice for Official Languages post hits wall of criticism

“The Trudeau government’s nominee to be the next Commissioner, former Ontario cabinet minister Madeleine Meilleur, has not impressed Quebec’s primary English-speaking organization. QCGN’s Geoffrey Chambers explains why to Susan Campbell.” In this radio interview on Quebec AM, QCGN Vice President Geoffrey Chambers expresses his doubt on Madeleine Meilleur’s nomination and the possibility of a Senate […]

Former candidates for bilingualism post criticize nomination process as harmful, divisive

“After losing their bid to become Canada’s next official languages commissioner, former candidates say the nomination process has divided official language minority communities and undermines the office of the bilingualism watchdog.” Opposition parties have fiercely criticized the appointment since there were mentions of Meilleur speaking with two advisers from the prime minister Office. Both opposition parties claimed […]

QCGN Pledges Constructive, Positive Role in Process Launched Today by Premier

Montreal – June 1, 2017 – The initiative launched today by Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard – establishing a non-confrontational process of mature reflection allowing Quebec and Canada to more constructively frame our future as a nation – received a rapid, positive welcome from the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN). QCGN steps forward to encourage and enable […]

Mélanie Joly will meet with FCFA (FR)

“La ministre du Patrimoine canadien, Mélanie Joly, a indiqué qu’elle allait rencontrer la Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne (FCFA) du Canada mardi 30 mai, en matinée, pour parler de la nomination de Madeleine Meilleur au poste de commissaire aux langues officielles du Canada.” Following concerns about the nomination process of the next Commissioner of […]

CTV Montreal anchor Mutsumi Takahashi receives RTDNA lifetime achievement award

“Mutsumi Takahashi has earned a lifetime achievement award for her work as lead anchor of Montreal’s top-rated newscast. The Radio Television Digital News Association, RTDNA Canada, honoured Takahashi at a ceremony in Toronto Friday night for her work as the familiar face and voice behind CTV Montreal news for more than three decades.” Viewed as […]

QCGN Shares Concerns Over Selection Process for Commissioner of Official Languages

Montreal – May 26, 2017 –  The Quebec Community Groups Network is concerned about the uproar surrounding the nomination of a new Commissioner of Official Languages and suggests once again that official language minority communities should be part of the selection process. “A questionable process has produced results that can be questioned,” said QCGN President […]