The QCGN submits an open letter titled “Upcoming election crucial for English-speaking community.”
The QCGN kicks off its series of virtual town halls with Quebec’s provincial leaders this evening at 7 p.m., starting with Quebec Liberal Party Leader Dominique Anglade.
QCGN interim president Eva Ludvig speaks with CBC’s Sudha Krishnan about the recent report by Statistics Canada, showing some growth within Quebec’s English-speaking community, as well as the upcoming provincial election.
QCGN interim president Eva Ludvig joins Global News’ Andrea Howick to discuss the organization’s platform for the Quebec election, and the questions it is posing to the provincial party leaders.
The vitality of the English-speaking community in Quebec should be celebrated, says QCGN interim president Eva Ludvig. “We don’t see ourselves as a threat to Quebec, we see ourselves as an ally to the French language — we support it, we learn it, we use it,” she says. “But just because we want our identity and our rights protected does not make us a threat.”
Though many are alarmed by the decline of the proportion of French-speakers in Canada reported in yesterday’s analysis by Statistics Canada, some in Quebec’s English-speaking community are pleased to see the proportion of Anglophones in Quebec on the rise. Between 2016 and 2021, the proportion of English-speaking Quebecers rose from 12 to 13 per cent. “For the English-speaking community, it’s good news,” says Eva Ludvig, interim president of the QCGN: “It’s reassuring: We are here, we are here to stay.”
“It really is a celebration,” says QCGN interim president Eva Ludvig on the rise in the population of English-speaking Quebecers reported in an analysis by Statistics Canada, a sign of recovery from the exodus of the 1970s and 80s.
It is more important than ever before for English-speaking Quebecers to get out and vote in the upcoming provincial election, says Eva Ludvig, interim president of the QCGN. Though some in the English-speaking community may be feeling discouraged after four years of “assault” from the Coalition Avenir Québec government, Ludvig continues: “There are about 40 ridings where there are a significant portion of English speakers and they do make a difference.”
Quebec Superior Court Justice Chantal Corriveau ordered on Friday that two articles in Bill 96 which require all legal documents of corporations be translated into French be temporarily suspended. Eva Ludvig, interim president of the QCGN, says that this change is welcomed: “Since the tabling of Bill 96, we have always said that elements contravened the Constitution of Canada, which guarantees access to justice in both official languages.”
August 12, 2022 – Earlier today, Justice Chantal Corriveau of the Superior Court of Quebec handed down her judgment regarding a stay on the legal translation obligations of Bill 96, An Act respecting French, the official and common language of Québec.
In her decision, Justice Corriveau granted the stay – i.e. a legal ‘pause’ – on the application of sections 9 and 208.6 of the Charter of the French Language (modified by Bill 96), which were to come into effect on September 1. These two provisions require legal persons (such as corporations, non-profit organizations, and small businesses) to file certified French-language translations of all English-language documents submitted during court proceedings, at their own expense. This decision means that until the case is reviewed on its merits (likely later this autumn), sections 9 and 208.6 will not take effect.