Following a meeting with Language Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette, QCGN President Marlene Jennings discusses the impact that reinforcing the Charter of the French Language (Bill 101) could have on the community in an interview with CTV Montreal’s Maya Johnson.
QCGN President Marlene Jennings went on CJAD 800 to discuss the recent meeting with Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette. During this meeting, QCGN representatives presented the concerns of English-speaking Quebec ahead of coming proposals to reinforce Bill 101. Without providing details of his plan, Minister Jolin-Barrette said he aims to protect and promote French while respecting the rights of the community.
The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) is seeking a bilingual, dynamic, tech savvy communication assistant to provide communications, media scanning and social media support.
Fluently bilingual, the communications assistant will undertake media environmental scan and be support the implementation of QCGN’s social media calendar, gathering, translating and posting content on Facebook, Twitter and the QCGN website.
Under the direction of the Director of Communications and Public Relations and working closely with the Communication Coordinator, the Communication Assistant will participate by gathering and disseminating information on key areas of QCGN’s mandate. The Communications Assistant will also work with colleagues to support development of media scanning and its content in both French and English.
Marlene Jennings says she was wrong to back Premier François Legault when he suggested the English Montreal School Board was not qualified to decide about school openings and closings.
“When you are wrong, you are wrong!,” Jennings, head of the Quebec Community Groups Network, said in a tweet Thursday.
“And boy was I wrong to support Legault on school closures (or not).
“EMSB was right and I was wrong. I apologize unreservedly to EMSB. Full stop.”
QUEBEC — A war of words has erupted after Marlene Jennings, head of the Quebec Community Groups Network, sided with Premier François Legault over whether the English Montreal School Board is qualified to make decisions about re-opening schools.
“I love it!!!,” Jennings tweeted Wednesday after Legault questioned the EMSB’s decision to resist his government’s order to send older high school students back to class full time — an order the government soon rescinded.
English-speaking Quebecers, and indeed all Canadians, should be wary of the consequences of the measures that are being considered.
In September’s speech from the throne, the federal government declared that “the defence of the rights of francophones outside Quebec, and the defence of the rights of the English minority within Quebec, is a priority for the government.”
The government’s recent policy paper, English and French: Towards a Substantive Equality of Official Languages in Canada, contradicts that commitment and represents a substantial shift in the treatment of official languages. Despite reassurances from Official Languages Minister Mélanie Joly, the government has put forward specific proposals that would provide rights to work and receive services in French — but not provide the equivalent in English.
Salary Range: $40,000 to $50,000 per annum
Start Date: as soon as possible
The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) is seeking a dynamic, detail orientated individual for the position of Bookkeeping and Office Administrator to support office IT systems and procedures, including bookkeeping (invoicing, tax receipting, expensing), human resources (recruitment coordination, off/on-boarding, staff events, payroll).
The QCGN is an incorporated not-for-profit organization, with 50-member organizations, that works cooperatively and in partnership with community stakeholders, leaders, governments and institutions to identify, explore, and address strategic issues affecting the development and vitality of Quebec’s English-speaking communities (ESCQ).
By The Honourable Marlene Jennings, P.C. President, and Kevin Shaar, Vice-President
Canada has two official languages and two official language minorities.
In its recent paper on official languages, English and French: Towards a Substantive Equality of Official
Languages in Canada, the Government of Canada makes a legislative proposal to increase the use of
French in federally regulated private enterprises. The paper outlines specific proposals to provide rights
to work and rights to services in French – but not in English – in federally regulated private businesses in
Quebec and in regions with a strong Francophone presence.
The Government of Canada’s proposal to grant language rights to one language group and not the other
runs counter to the purpose of the Official Languages Act and offends the government’s constitutional
obligation to ensure respect for English and French as the official languages of Canada. It also poses
significant challenges for the substantive equality of the English-speaking minority in Quebec.
Eight of every 10 Quebecers surveyed consider that the French language needs to be protected in Quebec. Among non-francophones, 42 per cent agree.
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(AUDIO) A significant increase starting next year in funding for French-language protection agencies forms an element of Quebec’s latest budget, note Marlene Jennings, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), and Liberal MNA Greg Kelley, Official Opposition critic for relations with English-speaking Quebecers. Both are guests on CJAD’s Montreal Now show to discuss changes in language funding announced in Thursday’s budget. The budget also includes a small increase in funding for Quebec’s English-speaking minority community.
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