Anglo Group, Quebec Education Minister Meet to Discuss School Boards

Following a meeting with Education Minister Jean-François Roberge last week, representatives of Quebec’s English-speaking community are cautiously optimistic they have the government’s ear ahead of its planned school board reform. “The minister gave us a good solid hour and listened carefully to the positions of the community, which were very well expressed,” said Quebec Community Groups Network president Geoffrey Chambers, who took part in the meeting.

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QCGN and CAQ hold meeting ahead of the new school year

QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers sat down with Global Montreal’s Dan Spector to discuss a recent meeting between APPELE-Québec, which is defending democratically elected school boards, and Education Minister Jean-François Roberge, whose government has plan to abolish them. 

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CAQ language commissioner could strengthen Bill 101

The Coalition Avenir Québec government’s receptiveness to the creation of a Commissioner of the French Language is a worrying sign and could potentially send the wrong message, says QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers: “This is a gesture or a reaction or a move that tries to solve a problem that doesn’t exist.” 

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Third civic engagement forum for Quebec’s English-speaking youth kicks off at Bishop’s University this weekend

On Saturday over fifty English-speaking youths between the ages of 18 and 26 from across Quebec will gather on the campus of Bishop’s University in the Eastern Townships for a week-long immersion into Quebec society.

The Forum’s program will provide the young people an opportunity to learn, share, inspire and be inspired. Participants will come together and meet with politicians, business leaders, civil servants, not-for-profit leaders, journalists and university professors to benefit from their perspectives on Quebec. Over the week, participants will develop position papers on legislative changes they want to see in Quebec which they will present to a mock Parliamentary Commission on Thursday.

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Bishop’s Forum bringing young leaders together

Sherbrooke, August 9, 2019 – Over the course of this coming week, Bishop’s University will be hosting the third edition of The Bishop’s Forum, an annual leadership conference for English-speaking youth from across the province. Set to take place from this Saturday, August 10, to Thursday August 15, the forum will bring together roughly 60 Quebecers aged 18 to 26 and immerse them in an environment of workshops, discussions, and activities meant to help support civic engagement and help young people in Quebec learn about how the systems that govern the province work.

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CAQ overlooking minority groups, QCGN says

Rising fears among Quebec’s anglophones that their rights are at risk are based on the fact they’re dealing with a government mainly concerned with the will of its majority and is failing to communicate with its minority groups, the province’s largest English-language advocacy group said Monday.

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Anglo angst on rise in Quebec following CAQ election, poll shows

English-speaking Quebecers are more worried about their rights than they were two years ago, according to the latest Forum Research survey. Most feel services for English-speakers in Quebec have declined since the Legault government took over nine months ago.  

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“Official Languages Have Become a Passion” – Mélanie Joly

Official Languages Minister Mélanie Joly says progress has been made in terms of protecting French-language rights. When questioned about the concerns of the English-speaking linguistic minority, she said she keeps an open line of communication with the Quebec Community Groups Network. 

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“We know that Francophones have their own reality” – Geoffrey Chambers

“Our common goal is for Canadians to accept the benefits of having official-language minority communities and to invest in supporting them, in order to have a country where French- and English-speaking Canadian feel at home and comfortable living everywhere. ” – Geoffrey Chambers, QCGN President. 

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Reply about the English-speaking community

Retired teacher Christopher Eustace wrote in Le Devoir that he looking forward to Quebec’s consultation of English-speaking Quebecers so he can talk about cleaning up the Coalition Avenir Quebec’s plan to abolish school boards. His minority opinion is not shared by our community, replied Quebec Community Groups Network President Geoffrey Chambers, who remarked that a strong majority of English-speaking Quebecers want to protect their constitutional right to manage and control their schools. 

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