QCGN meets to consolidate partnerships

Montreal, June 16, 2011 – The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) kicks off its 17th annual meeting Thursday June 16 with three full days of discussions and workshops at Concordia University.
The Members’ Convention begins today with a joint initiative of QCGN and the Federal department of Canadian Heritage that aims to foster interdepartmental communication and identify avenues of collaboration with the English-speaking community.
Friday, the more public part of our meeting, will begin with a panel discussion entitled “A Community of Communities,” which aims to discuss the interconnectivity of communities within English-speaking Quebec. Moderated by Graham Fraser, the Commissioner of Official Languages, panellists will include Senator Joan Fraser, Townshippers’ Association President Gerald Cutting and Montreal Gazette reporter, Marian Scott. Because of their unique roles as actors and observers of our community, each is bound to have an interesting perspective on the topic. Read more…

French-Language debate held for English students

The West Quebec Post, Julie Murray

English high school students from West Quebec traveled to Pointe-Clair for the annual Concours d’art oratoire, or French-language debate contest, held May 14. The Concours d’art oratoire is a French-speaking contest for secondary students organized by Canadien Parents for French […]

Better French skills are a key aspiration for Quebec’s English-speaking youth, as highlighted in the Quebec Community Groups Network’s report, Creating Spaces. The Concours d’art oratoire program, now in its ninth year, helps fulfill that aspiratin by giving youth a meaningful forum in which to practice and develop their French-speaking confidence.

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QCGN Congratulates Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Election Win

Press release

The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) has congratulated Prime Minister Stephen Harper on his recent election victory and looks forward to continuing to work with the Government of Canada to strengthen linguistic duality and support to the nearly 1 million Canadians who make up Canada’s English linguistic minority community.

“We at the Quebec Community Groups Network wish the Government of Canada all the very best during the upcoming mandate, and look forward to continuing our role in supporting your pledge to build an even stronger future and a more unified Canada,” QCGN President Linda Leith wrote in a congratulatory letter to Harper this week.

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QCGN call for nominations extended to May 11

As a result of member requests, and upon the recommendation of the Chair of the Nominations Committee, the QCGN Board has extended the deadline for nominations to the Board of Directors by seven days. There have been numerous adjustments to the election process this year and the Board wants to ensure that QCGN member organizations have every opportunity to take part in this important exercise. Nominations and supporting material must be sent to the QCGN office and received or postmarked by May 11, 2011. They can be sent by mail, fax, or email. Should you have any questions please contact: Sylvia Martin-Laforge, 514-868-9044 ext. 225, email: Sylvia.martin-laforge@qcgn.ca

Provincial Network for English-speaking seniors

”It was a very informative day” says Cheryl Henry-Leggo

The Gaspé Spec, Thierry Haroun

PERCÉ – More than 100 seniors and representatives from institutions and community groups from across Quebec gathered in Montreal recently to take the first important steps towards the creation of a provincial network for English-speaking seniors. SPEC spoke with Cheryl Henry-Leggo, Seniors Coordinator at Vision Gaspé-Percé Now. She was the only Gaspé representative at the Forum, hosted by the Quebec Community Groups Network.

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Electoral system makes it hard for anglos to be heard

By Sam Allison, Special to The Gazette, April 30, 2011

MONTREAL – A good deal of ink has been spilled on Canada’s inability to form a national government. Most commentators assume that Canadians are divided, and that the election results reflect those divisions. Curiously, few seem to have noticed that Canada’s electoral system is partly responsible for our inability to form majority governments. Federal ridings are partly based on the provinces, rather than upon the demographic patterns of the nation.

Quebec is the big winner in this system of division. It has 75 out of 308 federal seats. The province has 21 per cent of the Canadian population but 24 per cent of the seats in Parliament – important in a tied Parliament. In addition, within the province, the largest ridings are the English-speaking ones.

English Canada in general and English Quebec in particular punch below their electoral weights. In an Opinion piece in The Gazette April 28, Linda Leith wrote that “anglos must make themselves heard.” But how can this happen in a skewed electoral system designed to ensure that French Canada punches above its electoral weight?

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Federal Elections 2011: In a tight race, Anglophone votes count

The Sherbrooke Record, by Linda Leith

As Quebecers prepare to head to the polls on Monday, the Quebec Community Groups Network is questionning which party, which leaders, and which candidates will best represent the interests of the English-speaking community of Quebec in Ottawa.

”The Government of Canada has an obligation under the Official Languages Act to enhance the vitality of the English-speaking community of Quebec, to support our communities and to assist in their development,” said QCGN President Linda Leith. ”The Federal Government is not doing a good job, and we should be asking all candidates in this election why not.”

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Anglos must make themselves heard

The Montreal Gazette, by Linda Leith

Linda Leith is president of the Quebec Community Groups Network, a non-profit, non-partisan group that represents the interests of English-speaking Quebecers.

As Canadians prepare to head to the polls next Monday, the Quebec Community Groups Network is questioning which party, which leaders and which candidates will best represent the interests of the English-speaking community of Quebec in Ottawa.

The concerns of that community, a group with specific challenges in finding its place in Quebec and Canada, have been largely ignored during this campaign. But as the races in many Quebec ridings heat up, all parties should be eager to court the almost one million votes held by Canadians who constitute the English-speaking minority of this province. In a tight race, our votes count.

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English-speaking seniors need their own network

The Chronicle-Telegraph

More than 100 seniors and representatives from institutions and community groups from across Quebec gathered in Montreal recently to take the first important steps towards the creation of a provincial network for English-speaking seniors. The forum, hosted by the Quebec Community Groups Network, was the result of a year and a half of work by a steering committee of 16 volunteers from across the province.

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Federal Elections 2011: QCGN seeks commitments from Federal parties

The Equity
 
As Quebecers prepare to head to the polls on May 2, the Quebec Community Groups Network is asking federal parties, their leaders and their candidates in Quebec to make a firm commitment to fulfill the Federal Government’s duties to Quebec’s English-speaking communities.
The Goverment of Canda has an obligation under the Official Languages Act to enhance the vitality of the English-speaking Community of Quebec, to support our communities and to assist in their development. It also has the duty to ensure that Canadians can enjoy their Constitutional language rights. 
”As Federal leaders and Quebec candidates hit the campaign trail, the QCGN wants to ensure they understand their obligations and that they are willing to support and assist in the development of English-speaking communities with concrete measures” said QCGN president Linda Leith.

Federal Elections 2011: QCGN seeks commitments from Federal parties
As Quebecers prepare to head to the polls on May 2, the Quebec Community Groups Network is asking federal parties, their leaders and their candidates in Quebec to make a firm commitment to fulfill the Federal Government’s duties to Quebec’s English-speaking communities.
The Goverment of Canda has an obligation under the Official Languages Act to enhance the vitality of the English-speaking Community of Quebec, to support our communities and to assist in their development. It also has the duty to ensure that Canadians can enjoy their Constitutional language rights. 

”As Federal leaders and Quebec candidates hit the campaign trail, the QCGN wants to ensure they understand their obligations and that they are willing to support and assist in the development of English-speaking communities with concrete measures” said QCGN president Linda Leith.

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