Quebec should rethink its relationship with anglophones Bill 103 would be a good place to start this new outlook

The Montreal Gazette, Linda Leith

It’s time for Quebec to rethink its relationship with its English-speaking minority. That’s the message the Quebec Community Groups Network delivered to the National Assembly’s public hearings on Bill 103 this month.

English-speaking Quebecers are not a threat to the majority. Au contraire, English-speaking Quebecers have made -and continue to make -enormous contributions to Quebec society in every walk of life, from education and business to health and agriculture, not to mention science, technology and the arts. Anglophones are largely bilingual, and strive to ensure their children are bilingual and bicultural. Far from being a threat, the English-speaking minority is an asset. Read more…

QCGN awards two for contributions to strengthening English-speaking Quebec

The Sherbrooke Record

A former Bishop’s University chancellor, a theatre icon and a health care activist have been chosen to receive this year’s second annual Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Award.

Named in honour of active citizens and volunteers Victor and Sheila Goldbloom – one of the few couples ever to receive both the Ordre national du Québec and the Order of Canada – the award was launched last fall by the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) to celebrate ”individuals who have gone above and beyond in contributing to the vitality and understanding of English-speaking Quebec”.  Read more…

Committee on Official Languages meets to discuss future of English in Quebec

Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph, Paul Murphy

Dialogue was a powerful and hopeful force during the week of September 13-17 as the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) and Senate Committee on Official Languages of Quebec came together in Quebec City, Sherbrooke and Montreal to discuss concerns of communities faced with minority language rights.

The meetings, which included a number of panels and speakers, was an important event and opportunity to ensure the ”vitality of English-speaking communities across Quebec”, says Linda Leith, President of the QCGN.  Read more…


ntly to the Committee on Culture and Education looking at Bill 103, the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) proposes a paradigm shift in the relations between the English minority and French majority in Quebec. Facts and arguments with QCGN President Linda Leith.

The QCGN focused its presentation on proposed amendments to the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms which, if enacted, would erode the vitality of Quebec’s English-speaking community.  Read more…

Anglo culture menaced; Senate committee told local artists are in trouble

The Record, Sarah Rogers 

There is a noticeable lack of support and visibility for English-speaking artists in the Eastern Townships, a Senate committee was told this week.

In their presentation to the Standing Senate committee of official languages in Sherbrooke this week, Townshippers’ Association stressed that the English-language arts and culture sector in the region is important – but requires significantly more resources and support to thrive.

“We have so far been unsuccessful in accessing funds from provincial sources that could help develop projects in the arts and culture sector,” said Townshippers’ president Gerald Cutting, “and we believe that this is an area that would require further investment from the provincial government to develop more programs at the community level.” […]

The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) – which groups 36 English-language organizations across the province – has sat in on the hearings all week.

They say they want to ensure that federal institutions respect their obligations to minority language communities – particularly Quebec’s English speakers – spelled out in the Official Languages Act.

“We believe that the official language minority communities of Quebec should be provided a much greater voice in the inter-governmental arrangements that affect them,” said QCGN president Linda Leith in a release. “A key strategic interest of our community is to better understand and adjust for the impact of devolution, shared jurisdiction, and limiting federal spending power.”

Leith notes that 100 per cent of federal money transferred to Quebec for the benefit of the English-speaking community should reach its intended group in the most transparent way possible.

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Difficile pour les anglophones de se faire soigner dans leur langue

La Tribune, Gilles Fisette

(Sherbrooke) La difficulté qu’ont les anglophones d’obtenir des services de santé dans leur langue préoccupe les institutions de la région. C’est pourquoi l’Université Bishop’s et le Collège Champlain ont décidé d’agir, ont expliqué leurs responsables aux membres du Comité sénatorial permanent des langues officielles qui tenait des audiences publiques sur la situation des communautés anglophones du Québec, à Sherbrooke, mercredi après-midi et jeudi matin.

Devant le groupe de sénateurs que préside la sénatrice Maria Chaput, le principal de l’université, Michael Goldbloom, a signalé que plusieurs recherches universitaires sont orientées vers une préoccupation régionale.

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La minorité anglophone des Cantons-de-l’Est en arrache

La Tribune, Gilles Fisette

(Sherbrooke) La minorité anglophone des Cantons-de-l’Est en arrache. Son avenir est menacé et dépend de la façon dont elle saura résoudre tous les problèmes qu’elle confronte. C’est un sombre portrait de la minorité anglophone qu’a dressé l’Association des Townshippers, mercredi après-midi, devant le comité sénatorial permanent des langues officielles qui tient des audiences publiques à l’Université Bishop’s, depuis mercredi après-midi.
Le comité présidé par la sénatrice Maria Chaput, du Manitoba, est en tournée québécoise. Il a siégé à Québec avant de venir à Sherbrooke, puis il ira à Montréal, vendredi. Il mène une étude sur l’état de la minorité anglophone au Québec, sa réalité et ses défis.


Senate hearings probe life for Que. anglo minority

CBC News

Quebec City anglophones told public hearings held by a senate committee Monday that life as part of Quebec’s English minority can be difficult.

The Senate Committee on Official Languages is looking at the realities of English-speaking communities in Quebec, with particular attention to health, education, employment and cultural services.

Linda Leith, president of Quebec’s Community Groups Network (QCGN), told committee members that Ottawa needs to understand the difference between minority language rights in Quebec and in the rest of the country. Read more…

Can the arts replace factories as an economic engine?

The Record (Sherbrooke), Eleanor Brown
How political — and how threatening — is culture when it’s created by English-speakers in Quebec? And perhaps more importantly, can the arts sustain a community? How do identity and finances intermingle? Can culture replace manufacturing and information technology to serve as an economic engine for anglo Quebecers? These are fascinating questions that the anglophone community must consider.
In 2008, the Quebec Community Groups Network “passed a formal resolution to prioritize the development of the Arts, Culture and Heritage sector” — the English-speaking sector, of course.

Action plan for English-speaking seniors – ”We should all pull together”

The Gaspé Spec, Thierry Haroun

Percé – The Quebec Community Groups Network recently launched an Action Plan for English-speaking seniors which sets a path for building healthier communities and a brighter future for our seniors. 

The report called ”Blazing a Trail for Active and Healthy Aging: An Action Plan for Quebec’s English-speaking Seniors’ (available on the website was developed as part of QCGN’s mandate to promote the vitality of English-speaking communities across Quebec.  It also stems from the QCGN’s Strategic Plan, which aims to increase awareness of existing resources available to English-speaking Quebec and to promote inter-community and interinstitutional collaboration.  Read more…

QCGN promotes healthy aging for English-speaking seniors

The West Quebec Post, Julie Murray

The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) launched an ”Action Plan for English-speaking seniors, August 17. ”Blazing a Trail for Active and Healthy Aging” was developed as part of the QCGN’s mandate to promote the vitality of English-speaking communityes across Quebec and to increase the awareness of existing resources available to Anglophones.  Read more…