A network of anglophone groups that has been critical of the Coalition Avenir Québec government says it is cautiously optimistic after a “productive” and “encouraging” meeting with Premier François Legault Friday.
Legault was sworn in four months ago. It’s the earliest a new premier has met with the Quebec Community Groups Network, which represents 50 anglophone groups.
The premier “was well-briefed, he knew the files, he didn’t have to have the meeting so early,” QCGN president Geoffrey Chambers said afterward.
“What we could reasonably expect today is exactly what we got, so we’re quite pleased, (though) not without some reserve as to how it could go in the future.”
He was speaking to reporters after a 90-minute meeting between QCGN officials, Legault and Christopher Skeete, the premier’s parliamentary assistant for relations with English-speaking Quebecers.
Chambers said the CAQ government’s record on issues affecting anglophones has been “very mixed. There have been a number of positions and statements that have kind of shocked our community and worried people, but meetings like this are encouraging.”