The umbrella group that works to protect English minority rights in Quebec has lost some of its members. The Quebec Community Groups Network announced that nine member organizations have withdrawn from the network.
The Quebec Community Groups Network, an umbrella group representing English-language community groups across the province, is standing by its track record as an advocacy group amid a wave of departures from unhappy member organizations.
The defection of nine member organizations from the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) speaks to the complicated job of representing anglophone interests in unsettling times, columnist Allison Hanes writes in The Montreal Gazette. Rising tensions break into open warfare, as the QCGN accuses the government of Premier François Legault of trying to sabotage its coalition and seeking to divide anglophones at a sensitive juncture.
The Executive Committee of the Quebec Community Groups Network has written to its members to discuss the resignation of some member organizations. In response to criticism of former members, the committee writes that the QCGN has “taken forceful and principled positions in defense of English-speaking community rights and in cases such as the securing of our institutional heritage and the design of health service guarantees under Bill 10.”
Nine English-speaking community groups from across Quebec have resigned from the Quebec Community Groups Network last week, amid concerns over the organization’s approach and calls for its President to step down.
Nine member organizations have withdrawn from the Quebec Community Groups Network. “It’s a question of whether or not the community should speak forcefully in defence of its rights or should be more passive,” commented QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers, who noted the organizations that left are welcome back at any time.
MONTREAL, October 24, 2019 – The Quebec Community Groups Network was saddened and deeply disappointed to learn this week that nine member organizations have withdrawn from our Network.
“While these groups are active in regions that are home to fewer than three per cent of English-speaking Quebecers, these are important members of our official language minority community,” said QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers. “The QCGN, which has networks and stakeholders all across the province, will continue to advocate for and represent the interests of all English-speaking Quebecers.”
Are you a young English speaker in Quebec who has had trouble finding and maintaining employment in your region? Do you have ideas on how to improve access to employment services and retention programs for English-speakers? If yes, then we want to hear from you! CBC Quebec, Canadian Heritage and the Quebec Community Groups Network are looking for creative and dynamic participants to work with community organizations during a two-day event in November. The goal? To identify innovative employment solutions for English-speaking young people in Quebec.
MONTREAL, October 23, 2019 – Following this week’s election, the Quebec Community Groups Network is looking forward to continuing to work with the Government of Canada and parliamentarians to ensure the delivery of a modern Act that reinforces the principle of the equality of status of English and French – particularly in all institutions subject to the Act.
“Our community made its presence felt Monday night in key regions of the province,” said Geoffrey Chambers, president of the QCGN. “We continue to enjoy a significant voice in federal elections, and we expect the concerns of our official language minority community to be represented and considered by all parties in the new Parliament.”
The leaders of Alliance for the Promotion of Public English-Language Education in Quebec (APPELE-Quebec criticize the Coalition Avenir Québec’s plans of abolishing school boards and express their concerns with the impact this could have on Quebec’s English-speaking community.
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