QCGN President Linda Leith, who participated in a discussion on Part VII of the Official Languages Act, stated that Canada’s two official languages must enjoy equality of status and equal rights and privileges in public life. She noted this goal can only be achieved by ensuring the vitality and sustainability of the English and French linguistic minority communities, in which the two languages and their unique cultures are nurtured and protected.
In remarks to the Committee on Culture and Education with regards to the General consultation and public hearings on Bill 103, An Act to amend the Charter of the French language and other legislative provisions QCGN President Linda Leith and Board member Roderick Macleod Leith remarked that the interests of society do not conflict with those of the individual and minority communities and asked the Quebec government to stop attempting to limit the rights and freedoms of English-speaking Quebecers.
In a presentation to the Standing Committee on Official Languages on Immigration as a Development Tool in Official Language Minority Communities, QCGN President Robert Donnelly, and Michelle Dupuis, QCGN’s Director of Community Support and Network Development invite the committee to address the need for renewal of Quebec’s English-speaking community and express the hope that that politicians and policy-makers will invest some time and innovative thinking that will inform longer term investments in Quebec.
In remarks to the Standing Committee on Official Languages on the implementation of the Official Language Act, QCGN President Robert Donnelly testified that on matters of education, employment and immigration, the Government of Canada has negotiated bi-lateral agreements with the province of Quebec without substantive consultation with the English-speaking Community of Quebec, and without any mechanisms to account for how federal funding supports our community’s vitality.
In remarks to the Standing Committee on Official Languages Nicola Johnston, co-Chair of the QCGN Board’s Youth Standing Committee calls upon the Government of Canada fulfil its obligations towards the English-speaking youth in Quebec ensuring access to service and opportunity within an accountable framework when entering into bi-lateral agreements with Quebec.
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