Adoption of Bill 96 means ‘it’s a sad day for Quebec,’ lawyer Grey says

There will be legal challenges and a public pressure campaign against Bill 96, which was voted into law Tuesday afternoon.

The Quebec Community Groups Network has vowed to support any fight against the law, and plans to mount a public awareness campaign, starting with a protest in Montreal set for Thursday evening.

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Language law Bill 96 adopted, promising sweeping changes for Quebec

Bill 96, the provincial government’s controversial legislation aimed at protecting the French language in Quebec, has been adopted in the National Assembly.

“It’s a sad day. I think it’s a sad day for all of Quebec,” said QCGN director Sylvia Martin-Laforge.

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Quebec legislature adopts Bill 96 language law despite bitter opposition

The Quebec government has secured the largest expansion of its language laws in more than 40 years, imposing new rules to reinforce the use of French in the public service, education and business despite bitter opposition from the province’s English-speaking minority.

“The mood now in the English-speaking community is quite bleak,” said Joan Fraser, a former senator and Montreal Gazette editor who now sits on the board of the Quebec Community Groups Network, an anglo advocacy group.

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Legal challenge against Bill 96 coming, Montreal lawyer says

The Quebec Community Groups Network has criticized Bill 96 for many reasons, in part for infringing on citizens’ privacy rights, greatly reducing the ability to receive public services in English and for issuing fines for speaking languages other than French at work.

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Will Bill 96 affect how English-speakers in the province receive health care?

Bill 96 – according to the Quebec government – is a moderate reform that will improve protection for French-language while preserving English services. But critics say the bill will limit access to health care and more.

“Little exemption appears to only apply if someone’s life is in imminent danger of death,” said Marlene Jennings, president of Quebec Community Groups Network.

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Les craintes de la réforme de la Charte de la langue française

“Premier Legault, can you hear us now?” said QCGN President Marlene Jennings during the May 14 protest against Bill 96.

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No ‘hidden agenda’ with Bill 96, Quebec’s language minister says

The minister responsible for the French language says the Legault government has no “hidden agenda” with Bill 96, and insists the status quo will continue for the English-speaking and Indigenous communities when accessing health and social services.

Critics including the Quebec Community Groups Network have said that under Bill 96, out of 1.1 million residents who feel more comfortable receiving health care in English, 300,000 to 500,000 will no longer be eligible.

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(Video) Anglophone seniors living outside Montreal deplores limited access to English-language newspapers

English-speaking residents outside the greater Montreal area say they feel cut off, even abandoned. For months, they haven’t been able to get their hands on publications of most English-language newspapers.
“It really affects the vitality of our community in terms of access to what’s going on,” says Eva Ludvig, a board member of the Quebec Community Groups Network.

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Bill 96: Five reasons Quebec’s language law reform is stirring controversy

A protest against Quebec’s proposed overhaul of its language law drew a large crowd in Montreal on Saturday.

Marlene Jennings, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network, an anglophone advocacy group, says the law could prevent hundreds of thousands of English speakers from accessing health care in their language.

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Opponents of Bill 96 are spreading ‘disinformation’: Legault

Premier François Legault accused opponents of Bill 96 of engaging in “disinformation,” saying he heard many express concerns about the bill in recent days that are just not true.

Reacting to Legault’s comments, Quebec Community Groups Network president Marlene Jennings turned the tables, saying the government is also spreading false information.

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