QCGN Looks Forward to Working Together with Premier François Legault and his new cabinet

QCGN Looks Forward to Working Together with Premier François Legault and his new cabinet Our community also looks forward to working with Christopher Skeete, the new Parliamentary Assistant in charge of the Secretariat for Relations Montreal – October 18, 2018 – The Quebec Community Groups Network applauds Coalition Avenir Québec leader François Legault, who was […]

Is it time to give more teeth to Canada’s Official Languages Act?

Is it time to give more teeth to Canada’s Official Languages Act? Many experts think so, and some suggest the creation of an administrative tribunal. The Fédération canadienne des communautés francophones et acadienne (FCFA) disagrees. “The history of this Act is the story of half a century of infractions and of an incomplete implementation”, commented FCFA President Jean […]

QCGN president worries about how new government could impact minorities

Geoffrey Chambers of the Quebec Community Groups Network joins senior anchor Jamie Orchard to discuss how CAQ policies, especially the banning of religious symbols, could have a negative impact on minority groups in the province. Watch the interview

QCGN honours French immersion pioneers

Murielle Parkes and Olga Melikoff, two of the parents who pushed more than 50 years ago to establish French immersion in St. Lambert, are getting recognition for their efforts with a prize from the Quebec Community Groups Network. Listen to the interview on a All in a Weekend Montreal with Ainslie MacLellan

What if you call an election and the non-francophones don’t show up?

With the exception of the anglophone-rights Equality Party in 1989, Jacob Hughes has always put an X next to the Liberal candidate on provincial ballots. Not this time. In last week’s election, there was no X at all because he stayed home. “The (Coalition Avenir Québec) was getting in and the Liberal was going to […]

Quebec ban on religious symbols would be ‘catastrophic’: anglo groups

Disturbing, disruptive, divisive, catastrophic. Those are some of the words the head of a network of Quebec anglophone groups used Friday to describe the incoming Coalition Avenir Québec government’s plan to ban the wearing of religious symbols on the job by public employees in positions of authority. Under Premier-designate François Legault’s proposed new law, which […]

What Is in Store for Anglophones?

In an interview with Caroline Van Vlaardingen of CTV Montreal, Quebec Community Groups Network President Geoffrey Chambers said the community will be keeping a close eye on the new Coalition Avenir Québec government, ensuring that the concerns of English-speaking Quebecers are not ignored. View video

QCGN Congratulates François Legault and Coalition Avenir Québec

Montreal – October 1, 2018 – The Quebec Community Groups Network congratulates Coalition Avenir Québec leader François Legault and his party for their victory in Monday’s provincial election. “The QCGN, which met with CAQ candidates during the campaign, looks forward to working with our new government,” said QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers. “We have some concerns, […]

Community Groups Network reacts to ‘historic’ CAQ win

City News’ Tina Tenneriello speaks with QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers on the election night results. View video

Your Vote: Montreal’s Community Groups

City News’ Tina Tenneriello speaks with QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers on the importance of the English-speaking vote on election day. Watch video

ELAN Quebec thrilled with Government of Canada’s $7.5 million investment in arts and culture micro-grants for official language minority schools

Montreal – September 25, 2018 – ELAN Quebec is proud to support the Government of Canada’s new Community Cultural Action Micro-Grant Program for Minority Schools that will fund artistic and cultural activities in 1000 official language minority schools throughout the country. “Providing students in Quebec schools with opportunities to explore their identity through the arts […]

QCGN to Pay Tribute to Four Remarkable Community Leaders at 10th Anniversary Community Awards Gala

John Rae, Murielle Parkes & Olga Melikoff, and Hayley Campbell to be honoured. MONTREAL, September 24, 2018 – Four inspirational leaders of the English-speaking community are being celebrated by the Quebec Community Groups Network, with this year’s 10th anniversary of its Community Awards. Murielle Parkes and Olga Melikoff, known to many as the mothers of […]

Opinion: An election agenda for English-speaking Quebecers

By Geoffrey Chambers QCGN President Monday’s first-ever English-language televised leader’s debate was a watershed moment and evidence of a heightened willingness across Quebec’s political class to reach out to English-speaking Quebecers in their own language. It also signalled acknowledgement by all parties that none can afford to ignore our community of more than one million. The […]

QCGN President Comments Provincial Electoral Debate

QCGN’s president, Geoffrey Chambers, comments the first-ever English-language provincial electoral debate. Watch the video

Anglo groups say English debate offered ‘clear options’ on issues affecting voters

Leaders of English-language lobby groups across Quebec breathed a collective sign of relief when all four party leaders committed to keeping the province’s Secretariat for relations with English-speaking Quebecers. “It’s a useful tool, especially for some of the communities that are really at a distance,” said Gerald Cutting, president of the Townshippers’ Association, which represents anglophones in […]