Quebec language lobbies fight census change Lack of accurate data could adversely affect how services are provided, they argue

The Montreal Gazette, Monique Muise

MONTREAL – Several groups in Quebec have joined the chorus of voices condemning the federal government’s controversial decision to scrap the mandatory long-form census, saying the move could have serious consequences for organizations and individuals across the province.

At the forefront of the backlash is the Quebec Community Groups Network, which says the loss of data from the traditional long-form questionnaire will make it much more difficult for the government to pinpoint where Quebec’s English-speakers are concentrated, and thus allocate services accordingly.

“The services provided by government to the English-speaking minority in the province are determined, in large part, by their numbers,” Network president Linda Leith explained. Read more…

Census: Quebec Community Groups Network supports FCFA in its judicial measures to prevent Census change

The Quebec Community Groups Network is entirely behind the Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne (FCFA) du Canada in its endeavour to get the federal government to reverse its decision to scrap the mandatory long form census. The FCFA has filed an application with the Federal Court for judicial review of the government’s decision. The FCFA, which represents Francophone minority communities outside Quebec, maintains that the decision to replace the long-form census questionnaire with a new, voluntary National Household Survey is an infringement of their Charter rights because the government relies on the language data from the mandatory long form census to determine which federal offices in various regions will offer services and communications in both official languages. Information about people’s mother tongue, language spoken in the home and knowledge of both official languages are all used in determining what services will be available where.  Full version…

Elimination of census long form prompts QCGN complaint

Ken Schankler, The Chronicle-Telegraph

The federal government’s decision to discontinue mandatory completion of the long form in the Canada’s next census has drawn widespread opposition, provoking an investigation by the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages, a complaint from a high-profile Quebec organization, and even inspiring a song from a Toronto-based volunteer social services outfit.

The Quebec Community Groups Network last week filed an official complaint with the Commissioner of Official Languages, Graham Fraser, asking him to use his powers to investigate. Read more…

The QCGN files complaint with Commissioner of Official Languages over the Canadian government’s decision to scrap mandatory census long form

Dismayed by the Federal Government’s decision to make completion of the long form in the 2011 National Census voluntary, the Quebec Community Groups Network this week filed an official complaint with the Commissioner of Official Languages, Graham Fraser, asking him to use his powers to investigate.  QCGN President Linda Leith said that information collected during the Census and collated by Statistics Canada, is key data upon which evidence-based policy is developed. “Evidenced-based policy allows community groups like the Quebec Community Groups Network, which support the English-speaking Community of Quebec, to work with the Government of Canada to enhance the vitality of the English linguistic minority communities in Canada,” Leith explained.  Full version… 

To read the QCGN letter to the Commissioner’s office, click here. 

CBC interview with new elected President of the QCGN, Mrs. Linda Leith

With CBC Host Jacquie Czernin

To listen to the interview, click here.
To read Linda Leith’s bio and to learn more about the QCGN’s Board of Directors, click here.

QCGN seeks Community Service Award candidates

The Chronicle-Telegraph, Pierre Little

The Quebec Community Groups Network is seeking individuals who have made significant contributions to the vitality of the English-speaking community of Quebec for the 2010 edition of the Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Award.

Launched during the kick off of the QCGN’s 15th anniversary celebrations last fall, the award was instituted to honour individuals like Dr. Victor and Mrs. Sheila Goldbloom who have gone above and beyond in contributing to the vitality and understanding of English-speaking Quebec. Read more…

QCGN opposed to changes in Census data collection

The Quebec Community Groups Network is opposed to plans by the federal government to do away with the mandatory long Census form and replace it with a voluntary national household survey.  Our Network, which represents 36 English-language groups in Quebec, is concerned this change will make it more difficult to obtain reliable, detailed information that is essential to our work.  QCGN president Linda Leith, who has written to Industry Minister Tony Clement to express our concerns, notes that the Census is a critical source of evidence that supports our work on behalf of English-speaking Quebec and that making the completion of the long form voluntary will undermine the credibility of the data collected. “Decisions and actions that affect the legitimacy and consistency of this irreproachable data source are of great concern to the QCGN and the English-speaking Community of Quebec,” Leith noted.  Full version…

QCGN launches call for nominations for the Sheila and Victor Goldbloom distinguished community service award

The Gaspe Spec

MONTREAL – The Quebec Community Groups Network is seeking individuals who have made sgnificant contributions to the vitality of the English-speaking community of Quebec for the 2010 edition of the Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Award.

Launched during the kick off of the QCGN’s 15th anniversary celebrations last fall, the Award was instituted to honour individuals like Dr. Victor and Mrs. Sheila Goldbloom who have gone above and beyond in contributing to the vitality and understanding of English-speaking Quebec. Read more…

QCGN launches call for nominations for the Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Award

The Quebec Community Groups Network is seeking individuals who have made significant contributions to the vitality of the English-speaking community of Quebec for the 2010 edition of the Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Award.  Launched during the kick off of the QCGN’s 15th anniversary celebrations last fall, the Award was instituted to honour individuals like Dr. Victor and Mrs. Sheila Goldbloom who have gone above and beyond in contributing to the vitality and understanding of English-speaking Quebec.  Full version..

Fears of unity crisis, not anglo MNAs, swayed Charest

Don Macpherson, The Gazette 

On Friday afternoon, Premier Jean Charest assured an English-speaking reporter in Quebec City that he doesn’t take the support of anglophones for granted.  Really?  While Charest was giving this assurance, elsewhere in the provincial capital, the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), composed of English-language community groups from across the province, was holding its two-day annual meeting.  The premier, with whom the QCGN hasn’t been able to get a meeting for six years, was invited. So were several of his cabinet ministers and the English-speaking members of the National Assembly, the latter all Liberals.  But even though all of them were already in town because the Assembly, the latter all Liberals.  Full version…