Bert Archer: Three new columnists, three new points of view

 

Marlene Jennings, former QCGN president and board member of the Red Coalition, is one of three new columnists being welcomed by the Montreal Gazette. “Jennings will be bringing her extraordinary professional and personal experience to bear on, among other things, the once-again tumultuous issue of language in Quebec,” writes Bert Archer, editor in chief of the Gazette.

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Opinion: More challenges ahead for English-speaking Quebecers in 2023

“No legislation, past or present, will damage our community more than Bill 96,” reads an op-ed by QCGN President Eva Ludvig: “Moving forward the QCGN strongly suggests that [Minister Eric] Girard and his government hold formal consultations on the regulations that implement Bill 96.”

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How Bill 96 will continue to impact English-speaking Québecers in 2023

How will Bill 96 affect the English-speaking community in 2023? “The law is being implemented in phases, and I think many of the bigger concerns are down the line,” says QCGN President Eva Ludvig.

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Pierrefonds-Roxboro’s bilingual status not a sure thing, Montreal says

Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante has no commitment to give on whether the borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro will retain its bilingual status.  A spokesperson for the mayor says that the decision will be made in the new year after consultations with the borough. “We trust that Mme. Plante and her administration will do the right thing and will consider the diversity of Montreal and recognize that individual Quebecers need services in English in important sectors in their lives for taxes and for general services,” says QCGN Director General Sylvia Martin-Laforge.

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Legislative Update, Bill C-13 An Act to amend the Official Languages Act, to enact the Use of French in Federally Regulated Private Businesses Act and to make related amendments to other Acts

The Government of Canada’s Bill C-13 continues to progress slowly through the legislative process in
Ottawa. Introduced in March 2022, C-13 now sits with the House of Commons Standing Committee on
Official Languages, which began its first of eight meetings for clause-by-clause consideration of the
legislation on December 13
th. Barring anything extraordinary, the Committee is unlikely to send its report
on C-13 to the House before mid-March 2023. If C-13 is subsequently adopted after third reading in the
House, it will be sent for consideration by the Senate. All this means is that it is unlikely that C-13 will pass
into law until late spring at the earliest.

This is good news for English-speaking Quebecers. The QCGN, many other organizations, and legal experts
have grave concerns about C-13, which will change federal law to acquiesce to the
Charter of the French
Language
that as amended by Bill 96 now uses the notwithstanding clause to deny the fundamental rights
and freedoms of our minority community. Inclusion of the
Charter of the French Language within the quasiconstitutional Official Languages Act and other proposal within C-13 will seriously impact the judicial
interpretation of the language rights of 1.3 million English-speaking Quebecers.

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Tom Mulcair: Dark days for Quebec anglos

“As another long year in politics draws to a close, the English-speaking community of Quebec finds itself as hard-pressed as at any time in recent history,” writes former politician Tom Mulciar. Among the few bright spots this year, Mulcair adds, is the QCGN’s “well-crafted” open letter to Parliamentarians, calling for the removal of the Charter of the French Language from Bill C-13.

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Poll shows francophone support for rights of English speakers

Poll commissioned by the QCGN shows that a majority of French-speaking Quebecers support the rights of English-speaking Quebecers.

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Support for English-language school boards in Quebec is growing: poll

Some 90 per cent of Quebec respondents to a Léger survey commissioned by the QCGN say that English-language schools boards are important. About 93 per cent indicate that they feel that the Quebec government’s plan to eliminate these school boards would put minority rights at risk, with only 13 per cent saying they support the government.

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Working together pays dividends for official language minority communities!

Thanks to the concerted action of organizations representing the interests and needs of Francophone and Anglophone official language minority communities, especially in the field of broadcasting, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) will be adopting improved public consultation processes.

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English is not in peril in Quebec, François Legault says

“English is not a species in peril in Quebec,” says Premier François Legault in response to federal Liberal MPs defending Quebec’s English-speaking community during a committee meeting examining Bill C-13. The QCGN maintains that Bill C-13 tramples on the rights of Quebec Anglophones due to the Bill’s reference to the Charter of the French Language.

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