On Aug. 17, Statistics Canada is scheduled to release linguistic diversity and use of English and French in Canada data produced through the 2021 Census. This category of data release tends to generate intense media interest – especially in Quebec – and these Census results are being released at a particularly sensitive juncture, given that the Government of Canada’s C-13 An Act to amend the Official Languages Act, to enact the Use of French in Federally Regulated Private Businesses Act and to make related amendments to other Acts is making its way through Parliament.
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ABOUT THE QCGN
Founded in 1995, the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) gives voice to Canada’s English linguistic minority communities, known collectively as the English-speaking Community of Quebec (ESCQ). It advocates on behalf of this community, promoting its views, positions and interests, ensuring the respect and evolution of its rights, and contributing to its growth and vitality.
The Events and Stakeholder Relations Coordinator acts as liaison between the QCGN and the community it serves. Supporting event coordination, member and stakeholder relations and CRM management, this person ensures that everyone who engages with the QCGN has a positive experience.
Sheila Goldbloom, a prominent figure within Quebec’s English-speaking community, passed away at age 96. QCGN Director General Sylvia Martin-Laforge comments: “Sheila embodied civility; she was a person of integrity and honour and a particularly effective advocate. She motivated us to care more, to do more, to make a real difference in the lives [of] all English-speaking Quebecers.”
In an op-ed for the Montreal Gazette, QCGN President Eva Ludvig and Director General Sylvia Martin-Laforge write that Bill C-13, the modernization of the Official Languages Act, offers “an asymmetrical approach in law toward official languages that places the future of our community at considerable risk.”
“A significant portion of Quebec’s labour force suffers from what amounts to a skills gap,” writes Globe and Mail columnist David Parkinson: “The skill in question is French language proficiency. And Bill 96 threatens to widen that gap.” Parkinson adds that anglophone-rights advocates in the province, including the QCGN, are “unsurprisingly, beside themselves” when it comes to Bill 96.
Under Bill 96, politicians have promised “historic Anglos” they will keep their rights. But many wonder how that will work.
“It’s limiting, it’s insulting,” said Eva Ludvig, the QCGN acting president. “It denies the history, the experience, the contribution of English speakers in Quebec.”
The CRTC says the CBC can keep its controversial branded content advertising, ruling that it “remains pertinent” for the federally funded organization’s budget despite serious concerns expressed by media unions, advocacy groups and hundreds of its own journalists.
The Quebec Community Groups Network pleaded that Tandem “could have an impact on the journalistic independence and integrity of the CBC and ultimately, that the initiative could undermine the credibility of the public broadcaster.”
It’s no secret that Bill 96, Quebec’s new French-language law, has created an abundance of turmoil in the province — have it be among English-rights groups, health care professionals, educational experts and many others.
Eva Ludvig, Quebec Community Groups Network interim president, stresses all Quebecers recognize and agree that the French language needs to be protected — it just needs to be done in a positive way “rather than through punishment and restriction” via public policy.
With the passage of language law Bill 96, the Quebec government plans to issue not only all marriage certificates only in French, but all birth and death certificates, too.
“It’s just another example of what we would consider pettiness in dealing with English speakers,” said Eva Ludvig, the interim director of the Quebec Community Groups Network.