Les jeunes anglos veulent améliorer leur français

La Presse, Martin Croteau

Les jeunes anglophones se sentent exclus de la société québécoise, révèle un rapport financé par le gouvernement fédéral. Pour remédier à la situation, ils réclament de meilleurs cours de français ainsi qu’un programme d’échange qui leur permettra de s’immerger dans la culture francophone.

Du million d’anglophones qui vivent au Québec, 80% habitent dans la grande région de Montréal. Si la place de l’anglais dans la métropole soulève d’âpres débats, c’est une tout autre affaire en région. Les jeunes anglophones quittent l’Estrie, la Côte-Nord, la Gaspésie par centaines pour étudier en ville. Et rares sont ceux qui retournent à la maison, déplorent les groupes communautaires.

Avec une aide financière d’Ottawa, le Quebec Community Groups Networks (QCGN), qui regroupe une trentaine d’organisations de langue anglaise, a réuni en septembre 300 jeunes à Montréal. Il souhaitait ainsi trouver une solution à l’exode des jeunes. Read more…

Youth worry about the quality of their French: Written vs. oral. Report recommends student exchanges

The Gazette, David Johnston

Young anglophones in Quebec are worried their French isn’t good enough – and community leaders aren’t sure whether this is good news or bad news.
A study made public yesterday found considerable insecurity among anglophones ages 16 to 29 over the quality of their French-language skills.

Community leaders say more study will be needed to find out whether this means French-immersion programs are failing, or whether young anglos, who generally speak better French than their parents, are holding themselves to a higher standard.

“You look at the glass and you wonder whether it’s half-full or half-empty,” said Brent Platt, co-chairman of the youth wing of the Quebec Community Groups Network, the umbrella organization for anglophone community groups in Quebec. Read more…

Study on anglo youth concerns

CTV Montreal, Maya Johnson

English-speaking Quebec youth don’t want to leave the province but they find it difficult to function fully in French and don’t feel valued in Quebec society, a new report says.

The study, released Thursday by the Quebec Community Groups Network, suggests anglo youth harbour concerns about whether their French is good enough to get a job.

Young anglos who spoke with CTV News echoed many of the concerns highlighted in the report.
Mario Clarke, 28, said he’s been tempted to move to Toronto to find a job, but added “I’m going to try to stick it out for as long as I can.” Read more…

English-Speaking youth want to contribute fully to Quebec Society

Quebec’s English-speaking youth have a strong desire to remain in and contribute to Quebec, increase their level of bilingualism and feel a valued part of Quebec society. These are some the findings released today in Creating Spaces for Young Quebecers: Strategic Orientations for English-speaking Youth in Quebec, a report that articulates the challenges and priorities of English-speaking Quebecers ages 16-29. Full version…

Charest talks economy, skirts language

The Chronicle-Telegraph, Scott French

During a recent visit to Quebec City, Liberal leader Jean Charest, the man who will most likely continue as Quebec’s premier following the December 8 provincial election, shied away from questions about anglophone representation in the province.

[…] Anglos currently hold 0.7 per cent of the province’s bureaucratic positions despite representing 13 per cent of the province’s population, according to the Quebec Community Groups Network. Read more…

Anglos are shunned or taken for granted

The Montreal Gazette, Don Macpherson

‘Political parties assume anglos will vote Liberal, so they don’t woo their vote’

For most readers of this column, this federal election campaign has probably been as much fun as high-school dances are for plain girls.

[…] This was in letters to the leaders of the four parties that elected members to the last Parliament, sent Sept. 12. As of yesterday, only the Bloc (!) and the Liberals had bothered to reply.

In fact, the Bloc was first to reply, only four days after the QCGN sent its letters. But its own two-page letter mostly ignored the QCGN’s questions and said in essence that anglophones would benefit along with other Quebecers from measures the Bloc had already proposed. Read more…

 

Anglophone issues largely ignored in this campaign

The Montreal Gazette, Robert Donnelly

”Only the Liberals and Bloc bothered to respond to request for policies”

There are many issues in this federal election campaign, and when so many questions are on the table, it can be difficult to get a clear answer on any single one.

For English-speaking people across Quebec, there are several electoral issues that will have an impact, directly or indirectly, on the vitality of our communities.
In the so-called battle for Quebec, no party seems overly eager to reach out for anglophone votes, at least openly.

As president of the Quebec Community Groups Network, I and many in our member organizations have been following the campaign closely. (The QCGN is a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization bringing together several English language organizations and key stakeholders, for the purposes of enhancing the vitality of English-speaking minority communities and promoting linguistic duality and bilingualism.) Read more…

What say youth?

The Chronicle, Elysha Krupp

For Joanna Marchut, 26, the potential of Quebec both economically and artistically can be enhanced if French and English speakers cobined resources.

That’s why The Quebec Community Groups Network, in partnership with several member organizations, recently consulted with 300 youth across eight regions of Quebec to pinpoint barriers facing English-speaking youth in the region.

Around 100 young English-speakers from all over the province discussed the findings as well as strategic solutions on how to better serve Quebec’s English-speakers at a provincial youth forum held Sept. 27. Read more…

Editorial: Changes are needed to improve life for anglos

We’ve long suspected that the teenagers and young adult children of anglophone and allophone Quebecers will soon be running much of Canada. But new evidence suggests that that same cohort is not diong so well within Quebec.

[…] A new ”consultation” with 300 young anglos conducted by the Quebec Community Groups Network has validated some aspects of that cheerful theory – but it has also turned up some startling and distressing findings about how the same people feel they’re being treated at home in Quebec. Read more…

Les jeunes anglos réclament de meilleurs cours de français

La Presse, Martin Croteau

Les jeunes anglophones du Québec veulent de meilleurs cours de français. C’est l’une des conclusions d’une conférence organisée, durant le week-end, pour contrer la saignée qui menace des dizaines de petites communautés en région.

[…] ”Il y a environ 200 000 anglophones dispersés dans les autres régions du Québec, et ces communautés font face à un défi énorme à cause de l’exode des jeunes ”, explique Robert Donnelly, président de Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), organisme qui regroupe une trentaine de groupes communautaires de langue anglaise. Read more…