Entries by Catheline Moreau

No designated minister for anglophones as Quebec premier vows to take on portfolio himself

‘It’s not a bad arrangement,’ says president of Anglo lobby group, the Quebec Community Groups Network. Premier François Legault has not appointed a minister responsible for relations with English-speaking Quebecers — instead, taking on the position himself. Legault, a former sovereignist, plans to handle the portfolio in conjunction with his role as premier and minister responsible for […]

Will anglos have a voice in government under François Legault’s plan?

As the former minister responsible for relations with English-speaking Quebecers, Kathleen Weil said the eradication of the ministerial position under the new government represents a step back for the English community. Newly sworn-in Quebec Premier François Legault announced Thursday he would take responsibility for the dossier, and was naming Laval MNA Christopher Skeete as his […]

Is it time to give more teeth to Canada’s Official Languages Act?

Is it time to give more teeth to Canada’s Official Languages Act? Many experts think so, and some suggest the creation of an administrative tribunal. The Fédération canadienne des communautés francophones et acadienne (FCFA) disagrees. “The history of this Act is the story of half a century of infractions and of an incomplete implementation”, commented FCFA President Jean […]

QCGN honours French immersion pioneers

Murielle Parkes and Olga Melikoff, two of the parents who pushed more than 50 years ago to establish French immersion in St. Lambert, are getting recognition for their efforts with a prize from the Quebec Community Groups Network. Listen to the interview on a All in a Weekend Montreal with Ainslie MacLellan

Quebec ban on religious symbols would be ‘catastrophic’: anglo groups

Disturbing, disruptive, divisive, catastrophic. Those are some of the words the head of a network of Quebec anglophone groups used Friday to describe the incoming Coalition Avenir Québec government’s plan to ban the wearing of religious symbols on the job by public employees in positions of authority. Under Premier-designate François Legault’s proposed new law, which […]

QCGN to Pay Tribute to Four Remarkable Community Leaders at 10th Anniversary Community Awards Gala

John Rae, Murielle Parkes & Olga Melikoff, and Hayley Campbell to be honoured. MONTREAL, September 24, 2018 – Four inspirational leaders of the English-speaking community are being celebrated by the Quebec Community Groups Network, with this year’s 10th anniversary of its Community Awards. Murielle Parkes and Olga Melikoff, known to many as the mothers of […]

Opinion: An election agenda for English-speaking Quebecers

By Geoffrey Chambers QCGN President Monday’s first-ever English-language televised leader’s debate was a watershed moment and evidence of a heightened willingness across Quebec’s political class to reach out to English-speaking Quebecers in their own language. It also signalled acknowledgement by all parties that none can afford to ignore our community of more than one million. The […]

QCGN President Comments Provincial Electoral Debate

QCGN’s president, Geoffrey Chambers, comments the first-ever English-language provincial electoral debate. With the fear of a referendum on Quebec’s independence off the table, the first-ever televised English-language debate among political leaders created interesting discussions on other policies that concern voters. Concordia University students watching Monday’s debate said that gave anglophones more choices — although they […]