QCGN sees some good news for English-speaking Quebecers in 2024-2025 budget

Montreal – March 12, 2024 – The Quebec Community Groups Network is pleased to see a modest increase in the budget for organizations and institutions serving the community with an additional $825.000 in the budget of the Secretariat for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers.

We are also pleased to see the 2024-2025 provincial budget has maintained its commitment to supporting wellness centres that aim to enhance the quality of life for English-speaking seniors by offering various programs and activities tailored to their needs.

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QCGN profoundly disappointed by Quebec Court of Appeal’s ruling on Bill 21

Montreal, February 29, 2024 – The Quebec Community Groups Network is profoundly disappointed by today’s ruling on Bill 21 by the Quebec Court of Appeal. Unfortunately, the justices’ hands were tied by the Quebec Government’s use of the notwithstanding clauses of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.

Bill 21 prohibits employees in positions of authority (like teachers, judges, and police officers) from wearing or displaying symbols of their religion, like hijabs, kippahs, turbans or ostentatious crucifixes while at work.

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Quebec should help our institutions deal with financial fallout of government policies

The Government of Quebec must always consider the financial impacts of all government legislation, regulations, policies and programs on all Quebecers – and particularly on minority communities, the Quebec Community Groups Network told Finance Minister Eric Girard Monday afternoon.

“Meanwhile support should be provided to our school boards, CEGEPs, universities and other institutions to deal with the adverse financial fallout of recent government policies,” QCGN Director General Sylvia Martin-Laforge told Girard, who is also the Minister Responsible for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers. She made the comments during a pre-budget consultation with groups serving Quebec’s English-speaking minority community in Montreal Monday.

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Read the QCGN’s key budget recommendations

Read the QCGN’s brief to the 2024-2025 Pre-budget Consultation

Tuition hikes: Government chooses path that could ruin Quebec’s English universities

Montreal – Wednesday, December 13, 2023 – The Quebec Community Groups Network is bitterly disappointed that the Legault government appears to be continuing along a path that could bring ruin to Quebec’s three English universities.

News reports suggest the government has determined its final position on tuition increases for out-of-province students. Measures would include a 33 per cent tuition increase for undergraduate students coming to Quebec from other Canadian provinces; an impossible demand to “francicize” 80 per cent of all out-of-province students, including international students, or face penalties; as well as a transfer of additional revenues – if there are any – to the French-language university sector. “These are clear existential threats to the three universities that attract the greatest number of students from outside Quebec: McGill, Concordia and Bishop’s,” said Ludvig.

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Bill 15 petition gathers 6,400 signatures in 16 days

Legislation is more about command and control than care and compassion.

Montreal, December 4 – The Quebec Community Groups Network thanks the more than 6,400 Quebecers who signed a petition demanding the provincial government put the brakes on Bill 15 – a hefty and complex piece of legislation that will massively centralize our health and social services networks.

“We know the government wants to ram this bill through the National Assembly by the end of the week, so we had to move fast to make sure the Minister realized just how disappointed Quebecers are with this proposed legislation,” said QCGN President Eva Ludvig. “It is clear Quebecers are upset at having their voices silenced in the management of their local health-care institutions like hospitals.”

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No time to waste before government imposes massive centralization of health and social services – and adds a new threat to English access

There is fresh urgency to sign a petition demanding the Quebec government slam the brakes on its massive Bill 15, which is designed to create a vast centralization of our health and social-services network.

The imperative arrives in the form of a last-minute, government-proposed amendment, suspended for the moment, that would give its new central controlling body, Santé Québec, the power to strip health institutions of their right to offer services in a language other than French if the numbers no longer warrant.

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QCGN Statement on Bloc Québécois report on federal funding for Quebec’s English-speaking minority

Montreal – November 27, 2023 – The Quebec Community Groups Network takes issue with a report released this morning by Bloc Québécois MP Mario Beaulieu in which he condemns legitimate federal support for the vitality of our minority-language community as nothing more than support for the anglicization of Quebec.

It is a false equivalency. Support for Official Language Minority Communities (OLMCs) across the country exists to support the vitality of these communities – both French and English.

We have not had the chance to study Beaulieu’s report in detail and may have more to say once we have done that. But his fundamental concept – that support for Quebec’s English-speaking minority community is tantamount to support for anglicization, is flat out wrong.

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Petition demands rethink of Bill 15’s radical revamp of health care network

The Quebec Community Groups Network urges all Quebecers to quickly sign a petition demanding the provincial government put an immediate hold on its proposed Bill 15, which would launch a massive centralization of health-care management and dramatically reduce community roles in the governance of health and social services institutions everywhere in Quebec.

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Quebec Community Groups Network Brief to the Senate Standing Committee on Official Language’s Study of Matters Relating to Minority-language Health Services

The Committee has been authorized to examine and report on minority-language health services, including matters related to the inclusion of language clauses in federal health transfer.

Our brief augments the brief submitted by Community Health and Social Services Network (CHSSN) on May 1st, 2023, and will focus on the inclusion of language clauses in federal health transfers.

In our opinion, the CHSSN brief does an outstanding job describing the demographics of English-speaking Quebec, and the reality we face accessing health and social services. We also draw to your attention the Committee’s 2011 report, The Vitality of Quebec’s English-speaking Communities: From Myth to Reality, which remains an important and relevant piece of policy research related to your current study.

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Quebec Community Groups Network Brief Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology Study on Bill C-35

The QCGN makes an appearance as a witness for the Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology’s study of Bill C-35, An Act respecting early learning and child care in Canada. 

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Also click here to watch a recording of the hearing