QCGN Statement on Bill 15 and Closure 

Montreal – December 8, 2023 – As predicted, the Legault government is imposing closure to ram through its massive, complex Bill 15 that will upend Quebec’s health- and social-services network.

In so doing, the Coalition Avenir Québec government is thumbing its nose at the thousands of Quebecers who have raised significant concerns about this ill-thought-out bill. This includes the 6,400 who signed our petition demanding more consultation; six former premiers who publicly denounced it; as well as unions, health professionals and many, many others.

The Parti Québécois’s self-righteous stance in opposing an offer of four more days of National Assembly committee discussion of the bill did nothing to help. Those four more days could have been useful in uncovering yet more weaknesses in this terribly flawed bill.

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Brief – Expert Panel on Language of Work and Service in Federally Regulated Private Businesses

By The Honourable Marlene Jennings, P.C. President, and Kevin Shaar, Vice-President

Canada has two official languages and two official language minorities.

In its recent paper on official languages, English and French: Towards a Substantive Equality of Official Languages in Canada, the Government of Canada makes a legislative proposal to increase the use of French in federally regulated private enterprises. The paper outlines specific proposals to provide rights to work and rights to services in French – but not in English – in federally regulated private businesses in Quebec and in regions with a strong Francophone presence.

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QCGN Analysis – English and French: Towards the substantive equality of official languages in Canada

On Friday, February 19, 2021, the Government of Canada released its policy paper on reforming the
federal approach to Canada’s Official Languages. The government’s guiding paper builds on six themes:


1. The recognition of linguistic dynamics in the provinces and territories and existing rights
regarding Indigenous languages;
2. The willingness to provide opportunities for learning both official languages;
3. Support for the institutions of official language minority communities;
4. The protection and promotion of French throughout Canada, including in Quebec;
5. The Government of Canada as an example through strengthening of the compliance of federal
institutions; and,
6. An Act for the Canada of today and tomorrow: Mandatory review of the OLA and its
implementation.

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English and French: Towards a Substantive Equality of Official Languages in Canada

Official Languages in the 21st Century: New Challenges, New Opportunities

In 1963, the Government of Canada created the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism (the Laurendeau-Dunton Commission) to examine the state of bilingualism in the country and to respond to the preoccupations being increasingly voiced by French Canadians, particularly in Quebec, that the French language and Francophones were victims of unacceptable inequalities within the federal government…

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Working Together to Strengthen the Voice of English-speaking Quebec

Report on Interviews with Key Community Leaders, October 2020

A quarter of a century ago, the Quebec Community Groups Network was founded with a
mandate to build the understanding and cooperation needed to develop strong, reasoned policy to ensure sustainable growth for English-speaking Quebec. During a strategic planning exercise in 2013, the membership approved an updated mission: The QCGN is a centre of evidence-based expertise and collective action on the strategic issues affecting the development and vitality of English-speaking Quebec.

The mission and actions of the QCCN support our Network’s vision that English-speaking
Quebec is a diverse, confident, recognized, and respected national linguistic minority that actively participates in and contributes to the social, economic, cultural, and political life of Quebec and Canadian society.

For the past 25 years, the QCGN has grown considerably in size and scope, while developing advocacy and communications capacity to effectively represent the strategic interests of English-speaking Quebecers, both nationally and provincially. Today, the QCGN is the sole organization with policy, public affairs, public relations, and community development expertise dedicated to representing English-speaking Quebec in the public space.

Representing a community as diverse as English-speaking Quebec is difficult. Many things may separate us; what region we live in, the colour of our skin, what religion – if any – we profess. But we all share a common experience. We live as a linguistic minority in a society that defines itself by the language of the majority. We have shared interests, and a common purpose.

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2019-2020 Annual Report – QCGN Sharpens Focus on Mission and Vision

This past year – our 25th anniversary – has proven pivotal for the QCGN. While consistently at the forefront of public policy debates, we have simultaneously been taking important steps to strengthen our capacity as an effective and representative advocate for Quebec’s diverse English-speaking community.

Education has been a hot topic. We have repeatedly defended our right to manage and control our school system. We are a driving force behind the creation of APPELE-Québec, the Alliance for the Promotion of Public English-language Education in Quebec. This broadly based alliance, devoted to promoting the continued existence of elected English school boards, has spearheaded opposition to Bill 40.

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Vision Vitality and Viability: Report on the Consultation by the Secretariat for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers

In March 2020, the Quebec Community Groups Network reported on the fall 2019 “Building Bridges” consultation of the Secretariat for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers organized by the Coalition Avenir Québec government.

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QCGN Brief for Committee on Culture and Education Special Consultations on Bill 40: An Act to amend mainly the Education Act with regard to school organization and governance

The Quebec Community Groups Network (“QCGN”) has not been invited to appear before the Committee in the course of its special consultations on Bill 40. Nonetheless, the QCGN submits this brief to the Committee.

In addition to providing an excellent education to students, Quebec’s English public schools exist to preserve and promote the language and unique culture of English-speaking Quebec. Schools are key and central institutions of the English-speaking community of Quebec. The Government of Quebec must recognize and support the linguistic and cultural rights of Quebec’s English-speaking community.

 

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Factum of the Intervener Quebec Community groups Network

Read QCGN’s legal factum on the Supreme Court of Canada case of Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique v. British Columbia, at

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Poll: English-Speaking Quebecers: Views on Governance

What do English-speaking Quebecers think about the current state of affairs in their home province? This five-part study is based on one of the largest opinion surveys to date of Quebec English-speakers.

Conducted by Léger Marketing for the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), the Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation (CEDEC), the Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA) and the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS), the survey was conducted via web panel between Aug. 29 and Sept. 4, 2019.

The poll sampled 1,936 Quebecers. This included 1,019 Quebecers with English as their first language, 773 Quebecers with French as their first language and 144 persons whose first language is neither English nor French. The survey has a margin of error of 2.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

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