Federal Bill C-13 will be disastrous for Canadians and Canada

“All Canadians should be outraged by Bill C-13,” writes William Steinberg, former Mayor of Hampstead. “The biggest problem with C-13 can be fixed easily by removing all references to Quebec’s Charter of the French Language. The Quebec Community Groups Network has prepared an open letter to the honourable David T. Lametti,” he adds: “Thousands have already signed the letter. I urge you to sign and [share] with as many people as you can.”

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Quebec Community Groups Networks addresses federal Bill C-13

“We want the stability of having English and French recognized equally in our provinces and as Canadians,” says QCGN Executive Director Sylvia Martin-Laforge, adding that Bill C-13 goes directly against this goal. There’s an asymmetrical approach now to English and French in Bill C-13 and the “Official Languages Act” that we do not agree with,” she explains.

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French-speaking Quebecers support anglo rights

French-speaking Quebecers strongly support the rights of English-speaking Quebecers, according to the November poll by Léger conducted for the QCGN. 

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French-speaking Quebecers Strongly Support Right of English-speaking Citizens to Obtain Government Services in English – Poll

Quebecers, both French and English, agree that English-speaking Quebecers should have equal access to government services in their own language. This is one of the conclusions of polling conducted for the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN).

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Most French-speakers support right of anglophones to get important government services in English: poll

The majority of French-speaking Quebecers support the right for those in the province’s English-speaking community to receive government services in English, according to a Léger poll commissioned by the QCGN. “As the National Assembly begins its work, we want all parties to understand, to be aware of what Quebecers feel about access to services for a minority linguistic population,” says QCGN Director-General Sylvia Martin-Laforge.

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Many demand increased protection for rights of English-speaking Québecers: poll

A recent poll by the QCGN indicates that 77 per cent of Quebec Francophones believe that the federal government should continue to safeguard the rights of the province’s English-speaking minority, while 87 per cent of Quebec Anglophones believe that Ottawa should do more. “This is not a divisive issue,” says QCGN Director General Sylvia Martin-Laforge in a statement: “In fact, there is a clear consensus uniting French- and English-speaking Quebecers.”

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Most Quebecers, English and French, Want Ottawa to Protect Rights of English-speaking Quebecers: Poll

English-speaking Quebecers strongly believe the federal government must do more to support and safeguard their rights. This is underscored by recent polling conducted for the Quebec Community Groups Network. It is further supported by more than 1,600 signatures on an open letter opposed to proposed sweeping changes to the Official Languages Act that would severely erode the rights of English-speaking Quebecers.

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Safeguard minority language rights

“Bill C-13 purports to modernize our Official Languages Act. But what the government of Canada is really proposing is to create a discriminatory language regime in Quebec that will not apply to the rest of Canada,” reads the QCGN’s open letter to federal Justice Minister David Lametti, calling for all mention of the Charter of the French Language to be removed from Bill C-13.

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OPEN LETTER: New Official Languages Act must safeguard language rights of English-speaking Quebecers

“New Official Languages Act must safeguard language rights of English-speaking Quebecers,” the QCGN states in an open letter in the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph

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Opinion: Ottawa’s language legislation would do long-term damage

“We urge parliamentarians to remove all references to the Charter of the French Language from Bill C-13 and not to throw our minority linguistic community overboard,” writes QCGN President Eva Ludvig.

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