Déclaration du QCGN concernant le projet de loi 15 et le recours au bâillon 

Montréal, le 8 décembre 2023 – Comme prévu, le gouvernement Legault impose le bâillon pour faire adopter à toute vapeur son projet de loi 15, un projet lourd et complexe, qui bouleversera le réseau de la santé et des services sociaux du Québec.

Ce faisant, le gouvernement de la Coalition Avenir Québec fait un pied de nez aux milliers de Québécoises et Québécois qui ont soulevé d’importantes préoccupations à l’égard de ce projet de loi mal ficelé. Cela inclut les 6 400 signataires de notre pétition, réclamant un plus grand nombre de consultations, les six anciens premiers ministres qui ont publiquement dénoncé ce projet de loi ainsi que les syndicats, les professionnels de la santé et bien d’autres encore.

La position rusée du Parti Québécois, opposé à l’offre de quatre jours supplémentaires de discussion du projet de loi en commission à l’Assemblée nationale, n’a rien arrangé. Ces quatre jours supplémentaires auraient pu servir à découvrir d’autres faiblesses de ce projet de loi terriblement mal conçu.

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QCGN Statement on Bill 15 and Closure 

Montreal – December 8, 2023 – As predicted, the Legault government is imposing closure to ram through its massive, complex Bill 15 that will upend Quebec’s health- and social-services network.

In so doing, the Coalition Avenir Québec government is thumbing its nose at the thousands of Quebecers who have raised significant concerns about this ill-thought-out bill. This includes the 6,400 who signed our petition demanding more consultation; six former premiers who publicly denounced it; as well as unions, health professionals and many, many others.

The Parti Québécois’s self-righteous stance in opposing an offer of four more days of National Assembly committee discussion of the bill did nothing to help. Those four more days could have been useful in uncovering yet more weaknesses in this terribly flawed bill.

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Brief – Expert Panel on Language of Work and Service in Federally Regulated Private Businesses

By The Honourable Marlene Jennings, P.C. President, and Kevin Shaar, Vice-President

Canada has two official languages and two official language minorities.

In its recent paper on official languages, English and French: Towards a Substantive Equality of Official Languages in Canada, the Government of Canada makes a legislative proposal to increase the use of French in federally regulated private enterprises. The paper outlines specific proposals to provide rights to work and rights to services in French – but not in English – in federally regulated private businesses in Quebec and in regions with a strong Francophone presence.

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QCGN Analysis – English and French: Towards the substantive equality of official languages in Canada

On Friday, February 19, 2021, the Government of Canada released its policy paper on reforming the
federal approach to Canada’s Official Languages. The government’s guiding paper builds on six themes:


1. The recognition of linguistic dynamics in the provinces and territories and existing rights
regarding Indigenous languages;
2. The willingness to provide opportunities for learning both official languages;
3. Support for the institutions of official language minority communities;
4. The protection and promotion of French throughout Canada, including in Quebec;
5. The Government of Canada as an example through strengthening of the compliance of federal
institutions; and,
6. An Act for the Canada of today and tomorrow: Mandatory review of the OLA and its
implementation.

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Français et anglais : vers une égalité réelle des langues officielles au Canada

Plus que jamais, le temps est venu de faire le point sur la situation linguistique au Canada, de prendre acte de l’évolution des langues officielles depuis plus de 50 ans et d’agir afin de relever les défis auxquels elles sont confrontées. Le temps est venu d’offrir une vision modernisée de notre dualité linguistique et de notre bilinguisme au pays afin d’assurer leur avenir.

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Working Together to Strengthen the Voice of English-speaking Quebec

Report on Interviews with Key Community Leaders, October 2020

A quarter of a century ago, the Quebec Community Groups Network was founded with a
mandate to build the understanding and cooperation needed to develop strong, reasoned policy to ensure sustainable growth for English-speaking Quebec. During a strategic planning exercise in 2013, the membership approved an updated mission: The QCGN is a centre of evidence-based expertise and collective action on the strategic issues affecting the development and vitality of English-speaking Quebec.

The mission and actions of the QCCN support our Network’s vision that English-speaking
Quebec is a diverse, confident, recognized, and respected national linguistic minority that actively participates in and contributes to the social, economic, cultural, and political life of Quebec and Canadian society.

For the past 25 years, the QCGN has grown considerably in size and scope, while developing advocacy and communications capacity to effectively represent the strategic interests of English-speaking Quebecers, both nationally and provincially. Today, the QCGN is the sole organization with policy, public affairs, public relations, and community development expertise dedicated to representing English-speaking Quebec in the public space.

Representing a community as diverse as English-speaking Quebec is difficult. Many things may separate us; what region we live in, the colour of our skin, what religion – if any – we profess. But we all share a common experience. We live as a linguistic minority in a society that defines itself by the language of the majority. We have shared interests, and a common purpose.

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2019-2020 Annual Report – QCGN Sharpens Focus on Mission and Vision

This past year – our 25th anniversary – has proven pivotal for the QCGN. While consistently at the forefront of public policy debates, we have simultaneously been taking important steps to strengthen our capacity as an effective and representative advocate for Quebec’s diverse English-speaking community.

Education has been a hot topic. We have repeatedly defended our right to manage and control our school system. We are a driving force behind the creation of APPELE-Québec, the Alliance for the Promotion of Public English-language Education in Quebec. This broadly based alliance, devoted to promoting the continued existence of elected English school boards, has spearheaded opposition to Bill 40.

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Vision, vitalité et viabilité : Rapport sur la tournée de consultation du Secrétariat aux relations avec les Québécois d’expression anglaise

Au mois de mars 2020, le Quebec Community Groups Network a préparé un rapport sur la consultation « d’établissement de liens » de l’automne 2019 du Secrétariat aux relations avec les Québécois d’expression anglaise organisé par la Coalition Avenir Québec.

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Mémoire du Quebec Community Groups Network CGN à la Commission de la culture et de l’éducation Consultations particulières sur le projet de loi 40 : Loi modifiant principalement la Loi sur l’instruction publique relativement à l’organisation et à la gouvernance scolaires

Le Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) n’a pas été invité à comparaître devant la Commission dans le cadre de ses consultations particulières sur le projet de loi 40. Néanmoins, le QCGN soumet le présent mémoire à la Commission.

En plus d’offrir un enseignement d’excellente qualité aux élèves, les écoles publiques anglophones ont pour mission de préserver et de promouvoir la langue et la culture distinctes du Québec d’expression anglaise. Les écoles sont des institutions essentielles et centrales de la communauté d’expression anglaise du Québec. Le gouvernement du Québec doit ainsi reconnaître et appuyer les droits linguistiques et culturels de cette communauté. La gestion et le contrôle de nos établissements d’enseignement ne peuvent être limités unilatéralement.

 

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Factum of the Intervener Quebec Community groups Network

Read QCGN’s legal factum on the Supreme Court of Canada case of Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique v. British Columbia, at

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