Entries by Joshua Allan

Anglade says anglos better off with Liberals despite lack of language debate

Despite a lack of concrete proposals aimed at the English community, Liberal Leader Dominique Anglade on Saturday said anglophones are still better off with her party than the Coalition Avenir Québec. Anglade’s comments sparked a sharp rebuke from the umbrella group representing English-Quebecers, the Quebec Community Groups Network. In a tweet, the QCGN accused the […]

Anglos better off with Libs says Anglade

Quebec anglophones should stick with the Quebec Liberals even as that party is not debating its 27-point language policy this weekend, leader Dominique Anglade told reporters. The Quebec Community Groups Network criticized the  Liberals. “Usually a hot topic at conventions, the Liberals are steering around a debate about language,” the group tweeted. “Anglade said nobody […]

What Quebec’s English-speaking community are saying about Bill 96

“Undemocratic,” “odious,” and “deeply problematic” – these are just a handful of the words some community groups used to describe Bill 96 during the hearings that wrapped up at the National Assembly recently. Unsurprisingly, the harshest criticisms came from the Quebec Community Groups Network, the group that represents a broad coalition of English-speaking groups in […]

Quebec anti-racism ads criticized: ‘It’s something for kids in an elementary school’

A Quebec government ad campaign geared toward fighting racism continues to conjure controversy. The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) called the ads “awkward.” “We also found the ad itself was just continuing stereotypes,” said QCGN board member Eva Ludvig. “We’re uncomfortable when we see the way the ad comes through.” Read more

QCGN Eager to Work on Modernization of Official Languages Act

As the 44th Canadian Parliament of the House of Commons gets under way, the Quebec Community Groups Network welcomes the opportunity to work with the new Minister of Official Languages, Ginette Petitpas Taylor, and Francophone minority communities from across Canada to modernize the Official Languages Act, legislation that is critical to the vitality of our […]

Publicités antiracistes : quand « québécois » ne se traduit pas

An advertising campaign to combat racism unites representatives of the English-speaking community and nationalist groups against it. The government advertisements drop the word “Quebecois” in their English version. After having invoked the “editorial choice”, Quebec changed its mind. The message we are sending is that we are not Quebecers [in our own right] protests Eva […]

Two wrongs don’t make a right

Quebec French speakers know how unfair it feels not to be served in their preferred language when they move out of Quebec, so why is the province doing the same to English speakers within its borders? Neither situation is right. Canada is a bilingual country. People – whether they prefer speaking French or English – […]

Quebec’s anglophone minority faces declining political clout

Many Quebec Anglophones are upset at something relatively novel: the support of their traditional allies, the federal and provincial Liberals, for Bill 96, which many English-speakers see as a violation of their rights. In a blistering statement, Marlene Jennings, a former Liberal MP from Montreal and now president of Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), blamed […]