In its presentation to the National Assembly committee studying Bill 10: an Act to modify the organization of the health and social services network, in particular by abolishing the regional agencies, the Quebec Community Groups Network presented detailed arguments on how the proposed legislation not only threatens the health and social service institutions of Quebec’s English-speaking community that are key to its ability to survive and thrive, it eliminates them.
In a brief to the National Assembly, the QCGN strenuously objected to Bill 60:
Charter affirming the values of State secularism and religious neutrality and of equality between women and men, and providing a framework for accommodation requests. The brief rests on the principle that the Government of Quebec does not have the legitimate authority to define individual identity, nor without cause subjugate or restrict individual human rights and freedoms to the will of state defined values.
In a presentation to the general consultation and public hearings on Bill 14: An Act to amend the Charter of the French language, the Charter of human rights and freedoms and other legislative provisions the Quebec Community Groups Network expressed its strong opposition to the proposed legislation. The QCGN said the bill would do little to protect and promote the French language while introducing a whole series of new restrictions on our language that are unfair, unnecessary, and in many cases would have a detrimental effect on our already fragile communities.
In a brief to the National Assembly’s Committee on Culture and Education’s General consultation and public hearings on Bill 14: An Act to amend the Charter of the French language, the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms and other legislative provisions the QCGN argued that more coercive measures will not promote or protect the French language.
Remarks made by QCGN representatives to the Senate Standing Committee in Official Languages for their Study on the use of the Internet, new media and social media and respect for Canadians’ language rights and a study on Air Canada’s obligations under the Official Languages Act.
QCGN President Linda Leith, who participated in a discussion on Part VII of the Official Languages Act, stated that Canada’s two official languages must enjoy equality of status and equal rights and privileges in public life. She noted this goal can only be achieved by ensuring the vitality and sustainability of the English and French linguistic minority communities, in which the two languages and their unique cultures are nurtured and protected.
In remarks to the Committee on Culture and Education with regards to the General consultation and public hearings on Bill 103, An Act to amend the Charter of the French language and other legislative provisions QCGN President Linda Leith and Board member Roderick Macleod Leith remarked that the interests of society do not conflict with those of the individual and minority communities and asked the Quebec government to stop attempting to limit the rights and freedoms of English-speaking Quebecers.
In a presentation to the Standing Committee on Official Languages on Immigration as a Development Tool in Official Language Minority Communities, QCGN President Robert Donnelly, and Michelle Dupuis, QCGN’s Director of Community Support and Network Development invite the committee to address the need for renewal of Quebec’s English-speaking community and express the hope that that politicians and policy-makers will invest some time and innovative thinking that will inform longer term investments in Quebec.
In remarks to the Standing Committee on Official Languages on the implementation of the Official Language Act, QCGN President Robert Donnelly testified that on matters of education, employment and immigration, the Government of Canada has negotiated bi-lateral agreements with the province of Quebec without substantive consultation with the English-speaking Community of Quebec, and without any mechanisms to account for how federal funding supports our community’s vitality.
In remarks to the Standing Committee on Official Languages Nicola Johnston, co-Chair of the QCGN Board’s Youth Standing Committee calls upon the Government of Canada fulfil its obligations towards the English-speaking youth in Quebec ensuring access to service and opportunity within an accountable framework when entering into bi-lateral agreements with Quebec.
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