Francophones Outside Quebec: An Absurd Common Front

The situation of Francophones outside Quebec and English-speaking Quebecers cannot be compared argues Robert Dutrisac in an opinion piece forLe Devoir. Dutrisac was commenting on a memorandum of understanding between the Quebec Community Groups Network, l’Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) and the Société de l’Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick (SANB).

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François Legault worries the English-speaking community

Many prominent members of the English-speaking community criticize difficult relations with the Legault government, saying it’s “disconnected”. At the heart of the problem lies a lack of empathy towards minorities. “It’s very very concerning”, says QCGN president, Geoffrey Chambers.

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Reply by QCGN President to Mathieu Bock-Côté

Reply by QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers to Mathieu Bock-Côté’s column La trahison  published in Le Journal de Montréal on July 6, 2019.

Mathieu Bock-Côté’s column on the recent entente between the Francophones of Ontario and New Brunswick and the English-speaking community of Quebec perfectly illustrates why many members of our community do not always feel welcome in their home province. The contempt with which he refers to our contribution to the social, economic, political and cultural success that is Quebec in the 21st century borders on race hatred.

As is frequently observed, many English-speaking Quebecers have the tools and resources to move elsewhere and prosper. Most of us have stayed here or come here not because we had to, but because Quebec is our home. We are committed Quebecers not some toxic foreign influence to be mocked and scorned. Bock-Côté’s insulting and demeaning treatment of our efforts to support and defend the French fact in the rest of Canada in effect means that he rejects the notion that we are native Quebecers and seeks to poison constructive dialogue between language groups.

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Judge rejects demand to halt transfer of two Montreal English schools to French system

A Superior Court Judge rejected a request by the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) for an injunction to prevent the transfer of two east-end schools the overcrowded French system. EMSB argued the government’s decision to take away the schools violated minority language rights guaranteed in the Constitution. In an interview with Canadian Press, QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers said he “hoped and expected” the EMSB will pursue the case. “This is not the last batch of kids that are going to face this,” he said. “And if we don’t establish what the limit of the government rights of intervention are, these problems are just going to continue.”

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Minority Language Rights: Anglos & Francos Cooperating

In a live interview with Breakfast Television, QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers discussed a Superior Court ruling which refused an injunction to prevent the forced transfer of two English schools In St-Léonard to the overcrowded French system as well as a cooperation agreement between QCGN and official language minority groups representing Franco-Ontarians and Acadians in New Brunswick.

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The Illusion of Symmetry Between Linguistic Minorities in Canada

Commenting on a partnership agreement between the Quebec Community Groups Network, l’Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario and the Société de l’Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick Political scientists Rémi Léger, Linda Cardinal et Michel Doucet argued that symmetry between French and English minority communities is illusionary. They argue some communities are more of a minority that others.

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The SANB defends its agreement with the English-speaking Quebecers and the Franco-Ontarians

Société de l’Acadie New Brunswick President Robert Melanson does not regret his decision to partner with l’Assemblée de la Francophonie de l’Ontario and the Quebec Community Groups Network. There are distinct differences between the English- and French-speaking communities, but they also fight for a common cause, says Melanson.

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Alliance with Anglos of Quebec: The AFO missed the boat

Francophones in Ontario and Anglophones in Quebec should come together on pressing issues such as the modernization of the Official Languages Act and minority language education, but officializing the relationship goes too far, writes Sébastien Pierroz of ONfr.

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The paradoxal relationship between Quebec and the Canadian Francophonie

In the wake an agreement signed between the Quebec Community Groups Network, l’Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario et la Société de l’Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick, political scientists Stéphanie Chouinard and Serge Miville discuss the fundamental contradictions between Quebec’s English-language minority communities and their sister French-language communities in Ontario and New Brunswick.

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Macpherson: Legault makes a case against his own school-boards proposal

In his weekly column in The Montreal Gazette, Don Macpherson argues that Premier François Legault makes a case against his government’s proposal to abolish school boards by implying that English boards should be abolished because they can go to court to defend the English-speaking community’s schools.

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QCGN Teams up on Minority Language Issues

Speaking with Paul Karwatsky of CTV Montreal, QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers discusses a cooperation agreement with Francophone communities in New Brunswick and Ontario. The three organizations pledge to work together to promote and protect the rights of official linguistic minority communities.

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Rapprochement between Franco-Ontarians and Acadians with Quebec Anglos creates controversy

The agreement signed between the Quebec Community Groups Network, la Société de l’Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick and the Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario led to some heated social media exchanges. Many questioned the need and effectiveness of such an agreement.

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A Risky Agreement

Le Droit columnist Denis Gratton remains cautious on the agreement signed by QCGN, La Société de l’Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick and the Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario. Although he applauds the organizations for standing in solidarity, he expresses concern this could lead to many French-speakers in Quebec feeling alienated from the rest of the Francophonie.

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Francophone groups outside Quebec support EMSB’s fight to keep schools

In the wake of the government’s decision to transfer two English schools to the French schooling system, minority French-speaking groups outside of Quebec are standing in solidarity with Quebec’s English-speaking minority community.

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Francophone groups outside Quebec support keeping English-language schools in the province

OTTAWA – Minority francophone groups outside Quebec are ready to step up to the barricades so that the English Montreal School Board keeps its schools. Geoffrey Chambers, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), considers that the decision is an infringement on the linguistic rights of the province’s English-speaking community.

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