It is with the rhetoric and strategy of a beleaguered minority that Quebec’s English-speaking community intends to fight the CAQ government’s Bill 96, which it considers to be an infringement of its rights in several respects. Under the umbrella of the Quebec Community Groups Network, some 150 people attended a conference on the subject on […]
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The Quebec Community Groups Network recognizes the federal bill tabled this morning in the House of Commons to amend the Official Languages Act for what it is – a clear attack on the equality of Canada’s official languages. Traditionally, the Official Languages Act has given life to constitutional official language rights. These rights define much […]
Asked about the issues highlighted last week by the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) regarding the province’s proposed language reform, Bill 96, Canada’s Minister of Justice, David Lametti, shared that he plans to continue to study the bill carefully but generally downplayed worries. “We’ll continue to watch the situation, but we’re comfortable to let the […]
Since winning power in 2018, Premier François Legault has become a much savvier leader, dialling down his divisive rhetoric from a few years back. But that doesn’t mean he’s changed his stripes. Now that he’s in charge, Legault is pretty much doing all the things he threatened to do when he was a raging populist, […]
For over a decade, a dedicated team of volunteers has fought tirelessly to preserve the burial ground of 6,000 Irish migrants who perished after their arrival in the 1800s. At the time, 70,000 Irish refugees arrived in Montreal after leaving their homeland during the potato famine. Many died of typhus either on the boats or […]
Bill 96 is a wide-ranging and complex piece of legislation. It represents a significant overhaul of Quebec’s legal system. It amends the Charter of the French Language (“CFL”), 24 other provincial statutes, one regulation, and the Constitution Act, 1867. Click here to access the QCGN’s analysis of Bill 96.
QCGN President Marlene Jennings discusses the implications of Bill 96 for Quebec’s English-speaking and minority communities with CJAD’s Elias Makos. Listen here
The Quebec Community Groups Network says Bill 96 is wide-ranging, complex and represents a significant overhaul of Quebec’s legal order. QCGN head Marlene Jennings told reporters today the bill seeks to modify 24 provincial statutes as well as the Constitution Act of 1867. Jennings says the government’s pre-emptive use of the notwithstanding clause to shield […]
The adoption of Bill 96 on official languages can have an “unpredictable and far-reaching” judicial impact, says the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), an organization made up of several English-speaking groups. “There seems to be a consensus among the population, particularity with French-speaking Quebecers, who say there is no need to worry about Bill 96. […]
Quebec anglophones were bracing for the worst when Quebec Premier François Legault tabled his long-awaited bill to beef up protection for the French language last month. But don’t be lulled into a false sense of security. As Quebec anglophones know after 45 years of language wars: the devil is often in the details. And after an exhaustive […]