Entries by Joshua Allan

Robert Libman: Bill 96 hearings as political theatre

Quebec’s political theatre continues its three week-run at the National Assembly on Grande-Allée, which aptly can be translated as “Broadway.” The public hearings into the government’s language legislation, Bill 96, heard from the Quebec Community Groups Network on Tuesday, one of just a handful of organizations representing the English-speaking community. Read more

Editorial: Bill 96 is draconian and harmful

The National Assembly committee hearings on the bill, now two-thirds of the way through, have been anything but reassuring. The QCGN is also right to ask that, concerning health care, it should be made explicit in the bill that its English eligibility restrictions will not apply. It has become an article of faith that French […]

Bill 96 hearing leaves fundamental questions unanswered

The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) tabled a brief on Tuesday afternoon at the National Assembly’s special hearings on Bill 96, An Act respecting French, the official and common language of Québec. One of four groups representing English speakers invited to the hearings, President Marlene Jennings presented QCGN’s position, saying the bill should be withdrawn […]

The QCGN appears before the Committee on Culture and Education

On Tuesday, September 28, QCGN President Marlene Jennings, QCGN legal counsel Marion Sandilands, former Minister Clifford Lincoln, and human rights lawyer Pearl Eliadis appeared before the Committee on Culture and Education to present their brief on Bill 96, An Act respecting French, the official and common language of Quebec. Read our brief, consult our opening […]

Bill 96: English Quebecers lose out in proposed language law, QCGN says

Marlene Jennings, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network, says she walked away from a presentation of her group’s views on Bill 96 overhauling the Charter of the French Language dissatisfied. She doesn’t like the way the Coalition Avenir Québec government is trying to redefine who is a Quebec anglophone and thus eligible for English services […]

OPINION: Unanswered questions remain on Bill 96

By Marlene Jennings, president, Quebec Community Groups Network Sept. 21 marked the start of hearings of the National Assembly committee on culture and education on Bill 96, An Act respecting French, the official and common language of Québec. This represents a critical part of our democratic process, even though regrettably only a very limited number […]

OPINION: The devil is in the myriad details with Bill 96

Bill 96, officially titled An Act respecting French, the official and common language of Québec, is now working its way through the legislative process, destined for passage and assent by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, likely before the end of the year. Whether the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government accepts some or any of the […]

Quebec’s language law reform

“Bill 96 proposes the most extensive overhaul of Quebec’s legal order since the Quiet Revolution,” says QCGN President, Marlene Jennings, testifying Tuesday at public hearings into the province’s proposed update of its language law. Watch here

QCGN Urges Quebec Government to Backtrack on Bill 96

The Quebec Community Groups Network is urging the Quebec Government to withdraw Bill 96 and take the time needed to build a consensus on how to best promote French as Quebec’s common language. Appearing before the National Assembly’s Committee on Culture and Education Tuesday, the QCGN also raised significant concerns about the proposed unilateral amendment […]