Entries by Joshua Allan

Anglos deplore CAQ’s naming of education deputy without consultations

The English education community is hopping mad that the Coalition Avenir Québec government has named a new assistant deputy minister responsible for the anglophone system without consulting it. It’s the second time in two months the government has ruffled the feathers of the English-speaking community. Earlier in January, the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) denounced the government’s […]

“Too much stick, not enough carrot”: Panelists express concerns about Bill 96

The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) explored Bill 96 from all angles at a webinar on the evening of Jan. 20. The wide-ranging, controversial legislation was first tabled in May 2021. Although it technically died on the order paper when Premier François Legault prorogued the National Assembly in October, the government has asserted its intention […]

QCGN Language Rights Webinar: André Pratte & Christopher Curtis

As opposition and concern grows over Bill 96, An Act respecting French, the official and common language of Québec, the QCGN continues its series of webinars helping Quebecers understand the implications of language legislation. In this webinar, former senator and journalist André Pratte and independent journalist Christopher Curtis will review the Bill’s progress through the […]

Community Group Says Bill 96 Limits the Rights of Anglophones

In an open letter written by Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) to Premier Legault, QCGN states that the government definition of “English Eligible” is limiting and minority groups, under international norms, should define themselves. The current definition of English Eligible excludes between 300,000 and 500,000 English-speaking Quebecers, making the category far from inclusive and limiting […]

Health access committee reform concerns advocates

A regulation changing the composition of the Provincial Access Committee (PAC), the review body which oversees programs developed by regional health authorities to ensure access to English-language health services, was quietly adopted in late December. “It’s difficult to see the effect of this reform on the care provided to individuals, but it doesn’t make it […]

Health ministry seeks new English access committee members after firing the last ones

The Provincial Government has issued a call for expressions of interest and applications to be on the Provincial committee on the dispensing of health and social services in the English language after having dismissed the entirety of the previous committee through a regulation change in the latter half of 2021. The Quebec Community Groups Network […]

Quietly Adopted Regulation Could Hurt Quality of Health Care for English-speaking Quebecers

Despite strong objections from the English-speaking community that included a 4,500-name petition tabled in the National Assembly, the Quebec government has eviscerated the Provincial Committee for the Provision of Health Services and Social Services in the English Language. The government is now recruiting replacement members. “Two days before the petition was tabled in the National […]