Four Community Champions Honoured by QCGN – Work of Sen. Joan Fraser, Josh Freed, Martin Murphy, Joshua Arless to be celebrated

For immediate release MONTREAL, October 8, 2019 – Their fields of accomplishment vary widely, but four champions of Quebec’s English-speaking community being formally honoured with Community Leadership Awards by the Quebec Community Groups Network share important qualities in equal amounts: dedication and persistence. Senator and longtime journalist Joan Fraser, commentator and humourist Josh Freed, and […]

50 Years Since the Official Languages Act, Language still a Federal Election Issue

As the federal election coincides with the 50th anniversary of Canada’s Official Languages Act, language- rights organizations such as the QCGN are lobbying for politicians to re-examine the Act, writes Professor Stéphanie Chouinard. Read more

The Anglophone Community and the CAQ

During a panel discussion on MAtv’s City Life on Coalition Avenir Québec’s first year in power, QCGN General Director Sylvia Martin-Laforge discusses the government’s public consultation tour with English-speaking Quebecers. The Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier for Relations with English-Speaking Quebecers, Christopher Skeete, is also interviewed. Watch video

Pride and Pragmatism are Hallmarks of Legault’s First Year in Office

Political reporter Philip Authier reflects on key moments that have marked the Coalition Avenir Québec’s first year in power. There have been a series of initiatives, most notably the plan to abolish school boards and the implementation of Bill 21, have concerned the community at large explained QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers. Read more

One year of Legault government: tense relations with minorities

From its plan to rehaul school boards to Bill 21, The Journal de Montréal analyzes the rising tensions between the Coalition Avenir Québec and minority groups, including the English-speaking community. Despite the tension, the government is willing to listen to community concerns, said QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers. Read more (in French only)

The Future of French Education in the Supreme Court

Supreme Court judges will hear from minority languages communities today in the Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique v. British Columbia case. While the case is about language education rights for French speakers in British Columbia, the QCGN is showing solidarity with Francophone minority organizations in calling for a broad and generous interpretation of Section […]

QCGN Intervenes in B.C. School Board Case at Supreme Court of Canada

Winnipeg – September 25, 2019 – Section 23 of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms –which guarantees minority language educational rights to French-speaking communities outside Quebec and to the English-speaking minority within Quebec – requires a generous and expansive interpretation that favours all official language minorities throughout Canada. This is what the lawyerfor the Quebec […]

English Quebecers have trust issues with the CAQ: Leger poll

New Léger poll finds that majority of English-speaking Quebecers, 78 per cent, said they have greater faith in their community organizations to provide services in their mother tongue. When it comes to education, 81 per cent of people said they trust English-language school boards, according to the five community groups that commissioned the survey. The […]

Poll shows Anglo-Quebecers mistrust Provincial Government

Poll showing that majority of Quebecers do not trust the Coalition Avenir Québec does not come as a surprise to QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers, who says that “I think this government has given a number of soft signals that it’s not really listening to the community,” said Chambers. “(They’re) continuing to talk about school boards, […]

Anglophones Have Little Trust in CAQ Government, Poll Suggests

The majority of English-speaking Quebecers feel the Coalition Avenir Québec does not understand their concerns, shows a Léger poll commissioned by the QCGN, the Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA), the Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation (CEDEC) and the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS). QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers says the results do not come […]

English-speaking Quebecers show high levels of distrust with Coalition Avenir Québec government

Montreal, Sept. 20, 2019 – A recent poll concludes that a strong majority of English-speaking Quebecers have far greater trust in their own institutions than in the Quebec government to address the concerns of Quebec’s English-speaking communities. When asked who they trust more to ensure English-language services are provided to the public, including services in […]

English-Community Leaders Question Timing of Report on EMSB

English-community leaders question timing of release of scathing report on the English-Montreal School Board. QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers reiterated his stance on the English-speaking community having the right to control and manage constitutionally protected institutions. Read article

Leaders in Quebec’s anglophone community request meeting with education Miinister

English-speaking community leaders, including QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers, joined forces requesting a meeting with Education Minister Jean-François Roberge ahead of his decision on the future of the English-Montreal School Board. Read more

Letter to Education Minister Jean-François Roberge

A group of longtime community representatives have written to Education Minister Jean-François Roberge following his message in The Montreal Gazette this weekend. They are seeking an urgent meeting with the minister to discuss the situation at the English Montreal School Board. Read letter (in French and English)

A linguistic squabble, retour vers le futur?

Radio-Canada’s Émilie Dubreuil looks back at the history of English-speaking advocacy groups and their contributions. QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers remarks that the current political climate is complicating gains made by the community. Read more (in French only)