Eva Ludvig, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network, expresses disappointment as Postmedia, owner of the Montreal Gazette and eight other daily newspapers across Canada, pulls the plug on Monday print editions. “It doesn’t look good for the future and that is unfortunate for those of us who are into our news,” she says. Seniors who are not internet-savvy and still depend on a printed paper will miss out, she notes, because many depend on it for their information.
After “20 or 30 years” of “linguistic peace,” many in Quebec’s English-speaking community are worried about the future, says QCGN interim president Eva Ludvig. Data from surveys on the QCGN’s website indicate that many fear that the concerns of the English-speaking community are not being taken into account by the provincial government.
The Quebec Community Groups Network hosts a series of virtual town halls with provincial party leaders ahead of the 2022 provincial election. The purpose of this series is to discuss electoral issues of importance to English-speaking Quebecers and our community’s place in Quebec.
On Thursday, September 15, we heard from Balarama Holness, leader of the Bloc Montréal. Former radio host Royal Orr fills the role of moderator.
The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) last night hosted a virtual town hall with Balarama Holness, leader of the newly-formed Bloc Montreal provincial party. The online forum provided Quebecers with an opportunity to ask Holness questions and at the same time convey to him their concerns ahead of the Oct. 3 provincial election.
The fundamental changes to the Official Languages Act proposed by Bill C-13 will have profound effects on the language rights of a great many Canadians, writes Eva Ludvig, QCGN interim president, along with Joan Fraser, former senator and member of the QCGN’s Executive Committee: “It’s time to stop, get back to basics, and return to the consensus achieved by the people the Official Languages Act affects the most.”
Premier François Legault’s alarmist attitude and actions when it comes to the protection of French has caused bridges to be burned between the Quebec government and the English-speaking community, says QCGN Director-General Sylvia Martin-Laforge. She explains that many Anglophones view various measures by the Quebec government, such as Bill 96, as a direct attack on the vitality of their communities. “We don’t want that to cause an exodus,” Martin-Laforge adds: “We must rediscover a spirit of social cohesion.”
No matter how one-sided the voting intentions for the 2022 Quebec election may seem, it is important for everyone in the English-speaking community to get out and vote, says QCGN interim president Eva Ludvig. “We can’t give up,” she says: “If ever, this is the time to vote.”
The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) last night hosted a virtual town hall with Éric Duhaime, leader of the Conservative Party of Quebec (CPQ). The online forum provided Quebecers with an opportunity to ask Duhaime questions and simultaneously convey to him their concerns ahead of the Oct. 3 provincial election.
Quebec Conservative Party Leader Éric Duhaime courts English-speaking voters while speaking at yesterday’s virtual Town Hall, hosted by the QCGN. “A true Quebecer looks beyond being French or English,” he says, encouraging Anglophones to join what he calls a “historic alliance” with Francophones within the Conservative Party.
There is less than one month before the 2022 Quebec election and many of the province’s anglophone voters are still weighing their options. “When [Premier François] Legault was elected, he said that it was the government for all Quebecers and it seems that is not the reality,” says QCGN interim president Eva Ludvig: “Religious minorities, English-speaking minorities and immigrants are almost excluded and there is no plan to meet them and that’s a shame.”