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

As Quebecers prepare to head to the polls in a few short days, the Quebec Community Groups is questioning 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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Un hambourgeois, s’il vous plaît

In recent decades French-speaking Quebecers have fought an effective battle to preserve their language, but they are concerned about the dominance of English in the bilingual city of Montreal. Dutch speakers in Brussels can perhaps learn something from them, suggests reporter Olivier van Beemen in an article for the Belgian newspaper Knack which noted that Quebec sovereignty is an issue in the Canadian election on May 2.


In his article van Beemen quotes QCGN Linda Leith, who explains that the minority English-speaking community in Quebec has become accustomed to language legislation which restricts English language schooling in Quebec. However, she notes that a proposal by radicals within the Parti Québécois to extend restrictions on English-language education to 18 – and 19-year-olds who attend junior college is Anglophobic. 

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2011 QCGN Member Convention and AGM is now open for registrations!

For its 2011 Member Convention and AGM, the QCGN has prepared a two-day event in Montreal that will focus mainly on the English-speaking community’s Cooperation Agreement with the Department of Canadian Heritage, an exercise that will define the relationship between the department and our community for the next five years. The Convention will also offer workshops, discussion panels and networking activities.

For more information and to register, click on the following link: /2011-convention-agm/

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QCGN Questionnaire to party leaders: answers

On April 8, the QCGN sent a questionnaire to all major parties asking them what measures they would take to ensure the vitality and sustainability of the English-speaking communities of Quebec.

We will publish answers from the parties as we receive them.

 


 

Forum Participants Take First Steps to Creating Provincial Network of English-speaking Seniors

The Gaspé Spec

MONTREAL – 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

For Immediate Release

Federal Elections 2011: QCGN Seeks Commitments From Federal Parties

Monday, April 11, 2011 – 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 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. 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. “English-speaking Quebecers are not concerned about the survival of their language, but the vitality of their communities,” she added. “Our communities are under stress in all major indicators of vitality including education, economic opportunity, youth retention, senior care, access to health and social services, poverty and renewal.”

Those concerns were corroborated by a recent report by the Senate Committee on Official Languages. The report states that Quebec’s English-speaking Community is one of two Official Language Minority Communities in Canada and that the Federal Government has an obligation under the Official Languages Act and the Constitution to enhance the vitality of our communities. The Senators, who spoke to more than two dozen English community groups and numerous government and outside experts over a span of almost two years, concluded the Federal Government is not adequately meeting its responsibilities to enhance the vitality of Quebec’s English-speaking minority.

Leith said this federal election is particularly important to Quebec’s English-speaking Communities because work has begun on the Government of Canada’s next five-year strategy that sets priorities for Official Minority Language Communities. “It is therefore imperative that our community knows that federal leaders are listening to our concerns,” she said, noting the QCGN wants to ensure that English-speaking communities get access to a complete range of federal policies and programs that take into account the specific needs and challenges.

Last week, the QCGN forwarded a questionnaire to the main parties asking them to state what their parties plan to do for our community, said Leith, noting the QCGN will publish the results of the questionnaire on its website and will follow through once the election is over.

PDF Version of the Press Release

The Quebec Community Groups Network (www.qcgn.ca) is a not-for-profit organization bringing together 36 English-language community organizations across Quebec. Its mission is to identify, explore and address strategic issues affecting the development and vitality of English-speaking Quebec and to encourage dialogue and collaboration among its member organizations, individuals, community groups, institutions and leaders.

For further information: Rita Legault, Director of Communications, rita.legault@qcgn.ca
Telephone: 514-868-9044, ext. 223, cellular: 514-912-6555

Creating Provincial network of English-speaking seniors

The Equity

MONTREAL – More than 100 seniors and representatives from institutions and community groups from across Quebec gathered in Monteral last week 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. Participants determined that English-speaking seniors need their own Netowrk, not a bilingual one where their specific needs would not be addressed, said QCGN Seniors Project co-ordinator valerie Glover-Drolet.

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Request for Proposal (RFP) Consultant needed to develop QCGN Membership Policy

The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) is currently reviewing its membership policy. The ultimate goal of the exercise to produce a membership policy that aligns with the vision, mission and mandate of the organization (see /about-us/) as well as its governance structures. The initial step is to produce a discussion paper with potential options for review at a meeting of the membership on June 17.

The purpose of this RFP is to invite expressions of interest to support the membership subcommittee in defining potential options that would be appropriate for the QCGN and the English-speaking community. The consultant will prepare a discussion paper for distribution to the Board and the membership in the coming weeks, facilitating a discussion on June 17 that would lead to the adoption of an approach, and produce a summary of the decisions.

To download the full document, click on the link below.

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ELAN’s Recognizing Artists project successfully launched

Last March, the English-Language Arts Network (ELAN) completed the first phase of the Recognizing Artists: Enfin Visibles! project by producing 150 print profiles of artists. This year, ELAN completes RAEV by adding video clips, interactive maps and never-before-told stories about how Quebec’s English-speaking cultural scene has exploded with creative talent over the past 25 years. The timing is propitious, hot on the heels of Arcade Fire’s Grammy victory, which stirred Quebec’s Assemblée Nationale to applaud ‘the contribution of our francophone and anglophone artists in spreading Quebec culture on the international stage.’ There has never been so much curiosity about what anglophone artists are doing. The vernissage also included the launch of the redesigned RAEV.ca site. ELAN also invites the public to visit the site to discover RAEV’s interactive tools for English-speaking Artists.



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QCGN Presents Plan for Quebec English Seniors’ Network

By Jim Colmer, Community Connections

On March 18, 2011, the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) launched a process that is intended to result in the formation of a provincial organization to represent English-speaking seniors across Quebec and will be a spokesperson for this group of citizens in various areas of mutual concern. The forum, hosted by the QCGN, 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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