Four Community Champions Honoured by QCGN – Work of Sen. Joan Fraser, Josh Freed, Martin Murphy, Joshua Arless to be celebrated

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MONTREAL, October 8, 2019 – Their fields of accomplishment vary widely, but four champions of Quebec’s English-speaking community being formally honoured with Community Leadership Awards by the Quebec Community Groups Network share important qualities in equal amounts: dedication and persistence.

Senator and longtime journalist Joan Fraser, commentator and humourist Josh Freed, and community advocate Martin Murphy have won QCGN’s 11th annual Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Community Service Award. Joshua Arless, a barrier-breaking school commissioner, has been chosen for the fifth annual Young Quebecers Leading the Way Award.

“Each leader chosen has in their own way added to the vitality of English-speaking Quebec in an exemplary fashion,” QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers said. “Each has taken an inspirational path that has helped advance our collective cause and move us toward the greater good.”

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50 Years Since the Official Languages Act, Language still a Federal Election Issue

As the federal election coincides with the 50th anniversary of Canada’s Official Languages Act, language- rights organizations such as the QCGN are lobbying for politicians to re-examine the Act, writes Professor Stéphanie Chouinard.

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The Anglophone Community and the CAQ

During a panel discussion on MAtv’s City Life on Coalition Avenir Québec’s first year in power, QCGN General Director Sylvia Martin-Laforge discusses the government’s public consultation tour with English-speaking Quebecers. The Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier for Relations with English-Speaking Quebecers, Christopher Skeete, is also interviewed.

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Pride and Pragmatism are Hallmarks of Legault’s First Year in Office

Political reporter Philip Authier reflects on key moments that have marked the Coalition Avenir Québec’s first year in power. There have been a series of initiatives, most notably the plan to abolish school boards and the implementation of Bill 21, have concerned the community at large explained QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers.

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One year of Legault government: tense relations with minorities

From its plan to rehaul school boards to Bill 21, The Journal de Montréal analyzes the rising tensions between the Coalition Avenir Québec and minority groups, including the English-speaking community. Despite the tension, the government is willing to listen to community concerns, said QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers.

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The Future of French Education in the Supreme Court

Supreme Court judges will hear from minority languages communities today in the Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique v. British Columbia case. While the case is about language education rights for French speakers in British Columbia, the QCGN is showing solidarity with Francophone minority organizations in calling for a broad and generous interpretation of Section 23 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. QCGN will be participating in the hearings, with President Geoffrey Chambers explaining that the goal “is to remind the court that this article concerns English-speaking and French-language minorities and explains why the management and control of minority language instruction is equally important in the context of Quebec.”

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QCGN Intervenes in B.C. School Board Case at Supreme Court of Canada

Winnipeg – September 25, 2019 – Section 23 of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms –which guarantees minority language educational rights to French-speaking communities outside Quebec and to the English-speaking minority within Quebec – requires a generous and expansive interpretation that favours all official language minorities throughout Canada.

This is what the lawyerfor the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) will plead Thursday as the Supreme Court of Canada hears arguments in the case of Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique v. British Columbia, at proceedings taking place in Winnipeg, Man.

“The QCGN is showing solidarity with Francophone minority organizations in calling for a broad and generous interpretation of Section 23,” QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers declared. “We aim to remind the court that this section applies to English-speaking as well as French-speaking minorities and explain why management and control of minority-language education is equally important in the Quebec context.”

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English Quebecers have trust issues with the CAQ: Leger poll

New Léger poll finds that majority of English-speaking Quebecers, 78 per cent, said they have greater faith in their community organizations to provide services in their mother tongue. When it comes to education, 81 per cent of people said they trust English-language school boards, according to the five community groups that commissioned the survey. The results do not come as a surprise to QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers who says the results “demonstrate very clearly that English-speaking Quebecers feel Premier François Legault and his party do not understand English-speaking Quebecers and are not committed to defending our rights and institutions.”

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Poll shows Anglo-Quebecers mistrust Provincial Government

Poll showing that majority of Quebecers do not trust the Coalition Avenir Québec does not come as a surprise to QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers, who says that “I think this government has given a number of soft signals that it’s not really listening to the community,” said Chambers. “(They’re) continuing to talk about school boards, what they did with Bill 21 and even some harder signals taking away our schools.”

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Anglophones Have Little Trust in CAQ Government, Poll Suggests

The majority of English-speaking Quebecers feel the Coalition Avenir Québec does not understand their concerns, shows a Léger poll commissioned by the QCGN, the Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA), the Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation (CEDEC) and the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS). QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers says the results do not come as a surprise and further shows that “there have been a series of government initiatives that are very worrying to the community.”

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