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…

Bilingualism burdens young anglos: report

The Montreal Gazette, Hubert Bauch

The burden of bilingualism chafes on young anglos in Quebec. Many feel that even speaking both languages still leaves them second-class citizens.

A consultation with 300 young anglophones from all parts of the province conducted by the Quebec Community Groups Network found most are eager to integrate with the francophone milieu, but encounter obstacles, either because their school-taught French isn’t good enough, or because francophones are unwelcoming. Read more…

Young people discuss young people challenges

The Sherbrooke Record

A hundred English-speaking youth from across the province will meet this weekend at Concordia University to discuss the challenges facing young people in Quebec, review the findings of recent consultations held across the province and develop recommendations for the future of Quebec’s English-speaking communities.

The GÉNÉRATION Youth Forum, organized by the Quebec Community Groups Network Youth Standing Committee, will be held on Saturday and Sunday at Concordia University. This event will be attedded by youths aged 18 to 29 from across Quebec and leaders from the English-speaking community. Read more…

The QCGN provincial Youth Forum to bring together English-speaking youth

Montreal – The Quebec Community Groups Network Youth Standing Committee is proud to announce that the GÉNÉRATION Youth Forum will be held on Saturday, September 27, and Sunday, September 28, 2008 at the Henry F. Hall Building (1455 boul. de Maisonneuve West, 7th floor) of Concordia University in Downtown Montreal. Read more…

The QCGN Youth Forum to be held at Concordia University, September 27-28, 2008

Montreal – The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) is proud to announce that the GÉNÉRATION Youth Forum will be held on Saturday, September 27, and Sunday, September 28, 2008 at the Henry F. Hall Building (1455 boul. de Maisonneuve West, 7th floor) of Concordia University in Downtown Montreal. Read more…

New web portal for English-speaking youth

The Low Down

Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) recently announced that it is seeking submissions for a new web portal for English-speaking Quebec youth. The portal, developed in partnership with the Canadian Broadcast Corporation, is designed to provide English-speaking youth with an online forum and place to connect with others and share resources.

The website will include information and resources on all Quebec regions. ”This website will be a great first step in reaching out to English-speaking youth all over the province”, said Shawna Dunbar, co-chair of the QCGN Youth Standing Committee. Read more…