English-speaking community disagrees profoundly with government on secularism bill

Montreal – May 23, 2019 – A clear majority of English-speaking Quebecers do not support restrictions on religious symbols worn by public officials. That conclusion stood out in a recent poll that surveyed Quebecers’ attitudes towards the Coalition Avenir Québec government’s proposed secularism bill. An oversample of English-speaking Quebecers taken from an Association for Canadian […]

Anglo groups blast CAQ

A recent op-ed piece written by Quebec Community Groups Network President Geoffrey Chambers highlights how the relationship between English-speaking groups and the government has deteriorated. City News reporter Emily Campbell investigates the sources of this tension. Watch report

Global: School boards important to English-speaking Quebecers: Léger survey

A poll by the Alliance for the Promotion of Public English-language Education in Quebec (APPELE-Québec) indicates that a majority of English-speaking Quebecers feel school boards play an essential role in protecting minority-language rights in the province. Read more

English Quebecers strong supporters of school boards: poll

A majority of English-speaking Quebecers believe schools boards play a key role in both the well-being of the education system and the protection of the community’s linguistic-minority rights. Commissioned by Alliance for the Promotion of Public English-language Education in Quebec (APPELE-Québec), the Léger Marketing poll was conducted between March 13-21, 2019. Read more

Anglo secretariat a ‘disappointing failure’: QCGN

QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers expresses his concerns with the Secretariat for English-speaking Quebecers in an interview with CTV Montreal. Watch interview here

Let’s Listen to the Interests of the English-Speaking Community

By Geoffrey Chambers, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network The Commission scolaire English-Montréal (CSEM) received a formal 30-day notice from the Minister of Education, Jean-François Roberge, who plans to use his emergency powers to transfer three English schools to the Commission scolaire de la Pointe-de-l’Île even if the Education Act requires a 18-month consultation […]

Quebec anglophone organization says province is ‘intruding on community rights’

Christopher Skeete, Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier for Relations with English-Speaking Quebecers, responds to criticism by QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers regarding the Secretariat for English-speaking Quebecers and the Coalition Avenir Québec’s attitude towards English school boards. Read more

School transfers and the state of anglo relations in Quebec

The lack of input from the English-speaking community on matters concerning English school boards and the transferal of English schools to the French sector is an indication of relations between the Government of Quebec and our community, says QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers. Read more

QCGN Supports Commissioner’s Call for a More Effective Official Languages Act

Montreal, May 9, 2019 – The Quebec Community Groups Network welcomes the Commissioner of Official Languages’ recommendations for a modernized Official Languages Act that further the vitality of linguistic minorities and direct federal institutions to comply with their obligations to the Canadian public. Commissioner Raymond Théberge today proposed legislative changes and new regulatory frameworks in […]

English-speaking community groups rally to fight CAQ plan to close school boards

QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers cites Supreme Court ruling to define English-speaking community coalition’s determination to fight CAQ plan to eliminate province’s school boards. “The court,” said Chambers, “… ruled that minority language communities have the right to control and manage the educational facilities in which their children are taught both to ensure and enable that […]

Minority Language Education Rights: A Wave of Judicial Battles in the Offing

While a major legal challenge for Francophones in British Columbia makes it way to the Supreme Court, language conflicts are emerging in other parts of the country. In Quebec and Prince Edward Island, organizations are asserting their Constitutional rights to preserve their linguistic school boards. The Francophone school board in PEI is getting financial support […]

A new coalition is trying to save school boards from extinction

A new coalition is counting on grass roots support to help fight the CAQ government’s plan to abolish school boards. The coalition, the Alliance for the Promotion of Public English-language Education in Quebec (APPELE-Quebec) is chaired by former Liberal MNA Geoff Kelley and one of the co-chairs is former senator and journalist Joan Fraser. Read […]

Geoff Kelley leads group defending school boards

A coalition of Anglo groups is uniting to defend school boards from the CAQ. Former MNA Geoff Kelley leads the group and has more. Watch report

Newly-formed coalition says CAQ’s plan to abolish school boards is unconstitutional

A new coalition of English rights groups, politicians and schools are vowing to fight the CAQ’s plan to get rid of school boards. The coalition, APPELE – Alliance for the Promotion of Public English-Language Education – says that minority rights are protected under the Constitution, and hopes it can change the government’s mind before it […]

APPELE launched in defense of school boards

Community leaders and organizations representing English-speaking Quebecers have joined together to form a provincial alliance to support democratically elected school boards and convince the government to maintain them. The new group, APPELE-Québec – the Alliance for the Promotion of Public English-language Education in Québec, was launched officially Thursday at a press conference in Montreal. The […]