Entries by Catheline Moreau

Report card on French may bring more coercive measures, QCGN says 

MONTREAL – April 28, 2024 – Will the Quebec government set French up to fail? QCGN President Eva Ludvig raised that possibility today as Jean-François Roberge, Minister for the French Language, and other ministers presented the government’s long-delayed Plan d’Action for the protection and promotion of French. “What’s new in today’s presentation,” Ludvig said, “is […]

TWO APPROACHES TO FREEDOM OF RELIGION IN CANADA

The Quebec Court of Appeal rendered judgement in March on an Act respecting the laicity of the State, commonly referred to as Bill 21. The complexity of the case before the Court cannot be overstated. Opponents of Bill 21 did a thorough job in challenging the legislation, but with one exception – the right of […]

AN UPHILL BATTLE: HOMELESSNESS IN CANADA AND QUEBEC AND ITS LIKELY IMPACT ON THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING COMMUNITY OF QUEBEC

Homelessness and the housing crisis, two deeply interconnected social issues, are central concerns for contemporary Canadian policymakers. Housing affordability, defined by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Company as the ratio of average housing costs to after-tax income, continues to worsen. In 2021, households buying average-priced homes in B.C. and Ontario spent 60 per cent of […]

Tuition hikes: Government chooses path that could ruin Quebec’s English universities

Montreal – Wednesday, December 13, 2023 – The Quebec Community Groups Network is bitterly disappointed that the Legault government appears to be continuing along a path that could bring ruin to Quebec’s three English universities. News reports suggest the government has determined its final position on tuition increases for out-of-province students. Measures would include a […]

QCGN Statement on Bill 15 and Closure 

Montreal – December 8, 2023 – As predicted, the Legault government is imposing closure to ram through its massive, complex Bill 15 that will upend Quebec’s health- and social-services network. In so doing, the Coalition Avenir Québec government is thumbing its nose at the thousands of Quebecers who have raised significant concerns about this ill-thought-out […]

QCGN Statement on Bloc Québécois report on federal funding for Quebec’s English-speaking minority

Montreal – November 27, 2023 – The Quebec Community Groups Network takes issue with a report released this morning by Bloc Québécois MP Mario Beaulieu in which he condemns legitimate federal support for the vitality of our minority-language community as nothing more than support for the anglicization of Quebec. It is a false equivalency. Support […]

CANADA, QUEBEC, AND INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENTS TO SUPPORT ENGLISH-SPEAKING QUEBECERS

How do different levels of government come together to provide support and assistance to Canada’s official language minorities? Section 16(3) and 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and Part VII of Canada’s Official Languages Act are the principal legal foundations through which the federal partner provides support to the country’s English and French linguistic minorities. […]