Entries by Catheline Moreau

New High School History Course Approved

The saga surrounding Quebec’s history course for Secondary 4 and 5 students is drawing to a close. Education minister Sébastien Proulx has just approved the final version which will be mandatory in the fall. According to Raymond Bédard, president of La Société des professeurs d’histoire du Québec, the reform was well received by the majority […]

Plan for hearings on ‘systemic racism’ in Quebec divides province’s political left

Some critics say the consultations encourage an ideology of victimhood and demonize the province as inherently racist. MONTREAL — Quebec is being widely criticized for its plan to launch public consultations on systemic racism, even by those who agree visible minorities face many structural barriers in the province. Forgotten in the upcoming discussion is Quebec’s […]

Newly revised history course to be taught in schools this fall

The provincial government has approved a controversial new high school history course following what is being described as minor changes to the curriculum. The new course was launched by the Parti Quebecois government of 2014 and was supposed to be a more inclusive look at how people of all ethnicities built Quebec. Instead the course rarely […]

2016 census reveals anglophone population in Quebec rising despite language laws

Quebec’s English-speaking community has grown more in the past five years than during any census period over the last four decades, says the executive vice-president of the Association for Canadian Studies. While anglophones might be more numerous in Quebec, the Director General of the Quebec Community Groups Network, Sylvia Martin-Laforge told the Canadian Press that our community is still worried […]

Census shows more anglo, allophones living in Quebec

The number of bilingual Canadians is at an all-time high, and some people are worried about that. The 2016 Statistics Canada census shows 18 percent of Canadians speak both official languages –with the lion’s share of those bilingual citizens living in Quebec. The Quebec Community Groups Network says while more people may be speaking English at […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]