Entries by Catheline Moreau

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 […]

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 […]