OPEN LETTER: QCGN to Quebec: English-speaking community part of the solution, not the problem

The English-speaking community should be included in the Coalition Avenir Québec’s action plan for the revitalization of the French language, writes QCGN President Eva Ludvig in an open letter to French Language Minister Jean-François Roberge. “The English-speaking community of Quebec has a role to play in the promotion and protection of the French language,” writes Ludvig.

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Bilingual harmony? Canadians lodge fewer complaints over English and French use

The revamp of the Official Languages Act last summer “gives us an opportunity to turn the page in an effort to fully realize Canada’s language policy,” says Official Languages Commissioner Raymond Théberge in the Official Languages annual report. The Gazette makes note of the QCGN’s opposition to the inclusion of references to Quebec’s Bill 101 within the federal Bill C-13.

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Open letter: CAQ’s language plan must include anglophones

The English-speaking community should be included in the Quebec government’s plan to bolster the French language, writes QCGN President Eva Ludvig in an open letter to French Language Minister Jean-François Roberge. “We can make reasonable and constructive suggestions to further this objective,” Ludvig explains. “We are part of the solution, not the problem.”

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Anglo groups react to Quebec’s $603M to protect French

“People don’t react well to coercive measures and fear-mongering,” says QCGN Director-General Sylvia Martin-Laforge, reacting to the Coalition Avenir Québec government’s $600-million action plan to protect the French language. She adds that the QCGN disagrees with the CAQ’s apparent focus on the proportion of French spoken in households.

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Tom Mulcair: Is the CAQ setting up French to fail?

The Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government has not defined the “yardsticks” that would be used to measure if its $600-million action plan to protect the French language is achieving its objectives, writes former politician Tom Mulcair. Mentioning a recent QCGN press release, Mulcair points out that there are indications that the CAQ will consider data on mother tongue and language spoken at home – setting itself up for failure.

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Quebec to invest $603M to protect French language. Critics say province has it all wrong

The Quebec government isn’t using objective or appropriate statistical criteria as it argues that the French language in Quebec is declining, says Sylvia Martin-Laforge, director general of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN). Data which the government consistently cites – and presents to the public – should be interpreted with more nuance, she adds.

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Report card on French may bring more coercive measures, QCGN says 

MONTREAL – April 28, 2024 – Will the Quebec government set French up to fail?

QCGN President Eva Ludvig raised that possibility today as Jean-François Roberge, Minister for the French Language, and other ministers presented the government’s long-delayed Plan d’Action for the protection and promotion of French.

“What’s new in today’s presentation,” Ludvig said, “is the report card, or dashboard, M. Roberge has introduced to measure the state of French in Quebec.

“What was missing in today’s presentation was mention of the yardsticks the government intends to use to measure the health of French. A news report on an early version of the plan suggested the expected measurements are largely those known in advance to automatically indicate declines in French: mother tongue, language used mainly at home, and first official language spoken. And Minister Roberge today mentioned mother tongue as one of the worrisome statistics the government has observed.

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‘We are going on the offensive,’ Roberge says of $603M action plan to promote French

More language measures unveiled Sunday morning by French Language Minister Jean-François Roberge lack a clear yardstick on how the government will gauge the health of French, says Eva Ludvig, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network. She contests the approach of using language spoken at home as the key barometer.

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Quebecers responsibility to protect French does not require repression of English

“The draconian measures contained in Bill 96 haven’t changed anything, weren’t necessary, and missed the target,” Eva Ludvig, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), writes in a commentary published by The Suburban: “It was heartening to see the degree to which the speakers (at a recent multi-partner conference) shared the QCGN view that ALL Quebecers, regardless of mother tongue or origin, have a responsibility to preserve, protect, and promote the French language – and that doing so does not require the repression of English, which will always be a part of Quebec society as it has been for more than 300 years.”

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OPINION: All Quebecers have a responsibility to preserve, protect and promote French

English-speaking Quebecers have a vested interest in the preservation of Quebec’s identity – something that cannot be achieved through coercive measures, writes QCGN President Eva Ludvig in an op-ed in the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph.