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. With the fear of a referendum on Quebec’s independence off the table, the first-ever televised English-language debate among political leaders created interesting discussions on other policies that concern voters. Concordia University students watching Monday’s debate said that gave anglophones more choices — although they […]

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 […]

Anglo community the big winner after English-language debate

The first English-language television debate in Quebec history prompted viewing parties at several locations across Montreal, including the offices of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN). The people who gathered there let out a cheer towards the end of the debate when all four party leaders pledged to maintain the Anglophone Secretariat if elected to […]

What to expect at tonight’s English-language debate

Tonight is the historic English provincial leaders debate. Coverage begins at 5pm on CityNews. Geoffrey Chambers, president of the QCGN, previews the debate. Watch the video

Quebec election notebook: A day later, ‘callous’ Liberal election sign still stands in Irish cemetery

Victor Boyle started hearing about it early Tuesday morning via Facebook. Large election signs — two touting the Parti Québécois, one the Liberals — had popped up next to the Black Rock in the median of Bridge St. near the Victoria Bridge. One of the most solemn places for Montreal’s Irish community, the boulder commemorates the 6,000 poor Irish […]

Opinion: Quebec secretariat for anglophone relations is making a mark

It’s been a long road for the English-speaking community of Quebec since Bill 22 made French the official language of the province in 1974. Bill 101, two independence referendums and countless other events soon followed. The socio-linguistic context that has emerged has changed the English-speaking community of Quebec irrevocably. Close to half a million anglophones […]

What Do Anglos Want this Election?

The stakes are high as Quebec’s first-ever televised English-language provincial leaders debate is coming up on September 17. Joanne and Elias are joined on the BT Panel by Harold Staviss, lawyer & language activist; Geoffrey Chambers, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network; and Christopher Curtis, reporter from the Montreal Gazette. Watch video

Surprise : English is an official language of Quebec

Quebec’s quiet certitudes were troubled on the morning of August 23 when the Québec Solidaire party published on its website the following sentence: “English is an official language of Quebec and Canada.” Horrors! The consternation was compounded when the party’s co-spokesperson, Manon Massé, repeated the heresy, in English, in a tweet, and then, after launching […]

‘English is an official language of Quebec and Canada’ tweets Québec Solidaire

On day one of the Quebec election campaign, a perplexing tweet from the independentist party Québec Solidaire suggesting both English and French were official languages of Canada and Quebec left people scratching their head. QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers was asked to comment on the news. Watch video

CTV Montreal Maya Johnson interviews QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers

CTV Montreal’s Maya Johnson sits down with QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers to discuss the upcoming provincial elections and the role of the English-speaking vote. Chambers vocalized the need for qualified English-speaking candidates who are sensitive to the needs of Quebec’s English-speaking community. Watch interview  

Quebec invests nearly $7 million in English-speaking community

It’s a new program that the province is hoping will help the English community. The Minister Responsible for Relations with English Speaking Quebecers, Kathleen Weil, announced nearly $7 million will be going to organizations that offer services to English-speaking Quebecers. Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) says though the grant program is something they’ve been pushing for, more is […]

Quebec spending millions to improve health care access for Anglos

As promised in the spring budget, the provincial government is spending $6.9 million to improve access to health care for anglophones and to help other anglophone groups. Kathleen Weil, the Minister responsible for Relations with English-Speaking Quebecers, detailed on Tuesday how the money will be spent: $5.7 million for community groups that work with anglophones, […]

Community-Based Process Results in Strong Watchdog Committee for English Health and Social Services

Montreal – August 14, 2018 – The Quebec Community Groups Network is pleased with the appointment of 11 committed community leaders to the Provincial Committee for the Provision of Health and Social Services in the English Language.  The announcement was made Tuesday afternoon by Health Minister Gaétan Barrette and Kathleen Weil, the Minister Responsible for […]

QCGN Advocates a More Community-Driven Process for Provincial Funding

Montreal – August 14, 2018 – The government of Quebec has committed $6.9 million over three years in funding to community groups across the province, but the Quebec Community Groups Network would like other vulnerable communities and populations to eventually benefit from similar support. An additional $4.9 million is also being made available to support […]