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.

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School boards: Discussions Progress, note Anglophones

QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers said the community is skeptical following leaked information that claimed English-speaking Quebecers would be pleased with government’s plans for the future of school boards.

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Poll Shows Quebec Anglos Do Not Want School Boards Abolished

A Léger poll commissioned by the QCGN, the Quebec English School Board Association (QESBA), the Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation (CEDEC) and the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) shows that 82 per cent of English-speaking Quebecers are attached to school boards. Some 55 per cent of Quebecers, both French- and English-speaking, do not agree with a CAQ government plan to abolish them.

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Official Languages, a “Record Skipping” for 50 years?

Marking the 50th anniversary of Canada’s Official Languages Act, Radio-Canada takes an in-depth look at the vitality of Canada’s linguistic minority communities. Many issues are on the table for Quebec’s English-speaking community, says Geoffrey Chambers, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network. Among them, he adds, is the need for an administrative tribunal to give the Act additional teeth.

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Anglo Group, Quebec Education Minister Meet to Discuss School Boards

Following a meeting with Education Minister Jean-François Roberge last week, representatives of Quebec’s English-speaking community are cautiously optimistic they have the government’s ear ahead of its planned school board reform. “The minister gave us a good solid hour and listened carefully to the positions of the community, which were very well expressed,” said Quebec Community Groups Network president Geoffrey Chambers, who took part in the meeting.

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QCGN and CAQ hold meeting ahead of the new school year

QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers sat down with Global Montreal’s Dan Spector to discuss a recent meeting between APPELE-Québec, which is defending democratically elected school boards, and Education Minister Jean-François Roberge, whose government has plan to abolish them. 

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CAQ language commissioner could strengthen Bill 101

The Coalition Avenir Québec government’s receptiveness to the creation of a Commissioner of the French Language is a worrying sign and could potentially send the wrong message, says QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers: “This is a gesture or a reaction or a move that tries to solve a problem that doesn’t exist.” 

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CAQ overlooking minority groups, QCGN says

Rising fears among Quebec’s anglophones that their rights are at risk are based on the fact they’re dealing with a government mainly concerned with the will of its majority and is failing to communicate with its minority groups, the province’s largest English-language advocacy group said Monday.

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Anglo angst on rise in Quebec following CAQ election, poll shows

English-speaking Quebecers are more worried about their rights than they were two years ago, according to the latest Forum Research survey. Most feel services for English-speakers in Quebec have declined since the Legault government took over nine months ago.  

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“Official Languages Have Become a Passion” – Mélanie Joly

Official Languages Minister Mélanie Joly says progress has been made in terms of protecting French-language rights. When questioned about the concerns of the English-speaking linguistic minority, she said she keeps an open line of communication with the Quebec Community Groups Network. 

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“We know that Francophones have their own reality” – Geoffrey Chambers

“Our common goal is for Canadians to accept the benefits of having official-language minority communities and to invest in supporting them, in order to have a country where French- and English-speaking Canadian feel at home and comfortable living everywhere. ” – Geoffrey Chambers, QCGN President. 

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Reply about the English-speaking community

Retired teacher Christopher Eustace wrote in Le Devoir that he looking forward to Quebec’s consultation of English-speaking Quebecers so he can talk about cleaning up the Coalition Avenir Quebec’s plan to abolish school boards. His minority opinion is not shared by our community, replied Quebec Community Groups Network President Geoffrey Chambers, who remarked that a strong majority of English-speaking Quebecers want to protect their constitutional right to manage and control their schools. 

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CAQ Plans Anglo Consultation

Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier for Relations with English-Speaking Quebecers, Christopher Skeete, was interviewed on Breakfast Television about a planned government plan to consult Quebec’s English-speaking community. QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers said he is skeptical about the design of the consultation.

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What place do anglophones have in Quebec?

QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers and former MP Marlene Jennings, co-chair of QCGN’s Access to Justice in English committee, discuss the challenges and concerns of Quebec’s English-speaking community on CBC Montreal’s Radio Noon

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Quebec Wants to Adjust the Pace with English-speaking Communities

QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers was not impressed by the announcement of a Quebec consultation that would lead to a government action plan for English-speaking Quebecers. He said the QCGN will be critical of a process that is clearly a public relations tour. 

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