Analysis: Anglade positions Liberals as green, economic federalist alternative to CAQ

On Sunday, Quebec Liberal Party Leader Dominique Anglade responded to a rebuke sent her way by the Quebec Community Groups Network, which was not amused by her comment Saturday that, push come to shove, anglophones are better off with the Liberals than the CAQ .

“Epic failure to listen to Quebec anglos who are worried about Bill 96,” the QCGN tweeted.

“I disagree with the comment that was made by QCGN,” Anglade said after running down the list of actions the party has taken to stand up for English voters.

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Anglade says anglos better off with Liberals despite lack of language debate

Despite a lack of concrete proposals aimed at the English community, Liberal Leader Dominique Anglade on Saturday said anglophones are still better off with her party than the Coalition Avenir Québec.

Anglade’s comments sparked a sharp rebuke from the umbrella group representing English-Quebecers, the Quebec Community Groups Network.

In a tweet, the QCGN accused the Liberals of “steering around a debate” for political reasons.

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Anglos better off with Libs says Anglade

Quebec anglophones should stick with the Quebec Liberals even as that party is not debating its 27-point language policy this weekend, leader Dominique Anglade told reporters.

The Quebec Community Groups Network criticized the  Liberals.

“Usually a hot topic at conventions, the Liberals are steering around a debate about language,” the group tweeted. “Anglade said nobody proposed a debate. Really! [This is an] epic failure to listen to [Quebec anglophones] who are worried about Bill 96.”

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What Quebec’s English-speaking community are saying about Bill 96

“Undemocratic,” “odious,” and “deeply problematic” – these are just a handful of the words some community groups used to describe Bill 96 during the hearings that wrapped up at the National Assembly recently.

Unsurprisingly, the harshest criticisms came from the Quebec Community Groups Network, the group that represents a broad coalition of English-speaking groups in the province. The QCGN organized a parallel public consultation process with minority groups who were not invited to the National Assembly hearings.

“Bill 96 proposes the most extensive overhaul of Quebec’s legal order since the Quiet Revolution,” declared QCGN president Marlene Jennings. It proposes to upend 40 years of human rights protection. It would have a significant impact on the relationship between Quebec and Canada, the lives of all Quebecers, and the type of society we wish to build together.”

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Quebec anti-racism ads criticized: ‘It’s something for kids in an elementary school’

A Quebec government ad campaign geared toward fighting racism continues to conjure controversy.

The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) called the ads “awkward.”

We also found the ad itself was just continuing stereotypes,” said QCGN board member Eva Ludvig. “We’re uncomfortable when we see the way the ad comes through.”

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Lost in translation? Quebec says it will correct English-language anti-racism ads after backlash

The Quebec minister in charge of the fight against racism said the government will correct an ad campaign that some criticized was not inclusive of Anglophones.

A series of simple, 15-second ads were released Monday as part of a campaign to raise awareness about racism and to promote inclusion for all Quebecers.

But in the French version of the same ad, “Friends” was translated as “des amis québécois,” which, to some, implied that the people in the English video were not considered Quebecers.

The Quebec Community Groups Network said in a statement: “The word Quebecer describes very well our belonging to this province, like French-speaking Quebecers.

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Publicités antiracistes : quand « québécois » ne se traduit pas

An advertising campaign to combat racism unites representatives of the English-speaking community and nationalist groups against it. The government advertisements drop the word “Quebecois” in their English version. After having invoked the “editorial choice”, Quebec changed its mind.

The message we are sending is that we are not Quebecers [in our own right] protests Eva Ludvig, of the Quebec Community Groups Network: “It is difficult to understand what made the government think that such an omission would go unnoticed.”

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Two wrongs don’t make a right

Quebec French speakers know how unfair it feels not to be served in their preferred language when they move out of Quebec, so why is the province doing the same to English speakers within its borders?

Neither situation is right. Canada is a bilingual country. People – whether they prefer speaking French or English – should have access to health, financial, legal, and educational services in the language of their choice.

Quebec’s anglophone minority faces declining political clout

Many Quebec Anglophones are upset at something relatively novel: the support of their traditional allies, the federal and provincial Liberals, for Bill 96, which many English-speakers see as a violation of their rights.

In a blistering statement, Marlene Jennings, a former Liberal MP from Montreal and now president of Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), blamed the airline executive for inflicting “lasting damage” on the anglophone community, at a time when it needs friends more than ever.

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Air Canada CEO under fire for lack of French

Eva Ludvig of the QCGN says Air Canada has had a poor record of respecting the Official Languages Act and that it’s “not surprising the problem goes all the way to the top.” During a lengthy interview with the cross-Canada CTV News Channel, she says that Michael Rousseau’s comments and lack of sensitivity, along with “a certain arrogance” toward the French language, have “really caused damage to the English-speaking community of Quebec…. I’m not sure an apology is enough.”

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