Anglo-rights group accuses Quebec government of trying to destabilize English-speaking community

Geoffrey Chambers, President of the Quebec Community Groups Network accuses the provincial government of trying to divide English speakers and destabilize the network supporting them, writes Rachel Lau from CTV Montreal.

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Legault denies the CAQ is trying to undermine anglo group QCGN

Premier François Legault rejects allegations his government is attempting to destabilize the leadership of the Quebec Community Groups Network, writes Philip Authier of The Montreal Gazette.

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Study points to ‘problematic’ lack of English in Quebec health care

QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers responds to study published by the Institut national de santé publique du Québec, showing “problematic” access to health and social services for vulnerable English-speakers and newcomers. Chambers says the seriousness of the matter should not be dismissed.

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Anglo group accuses Quebec of working to “destabilize” it

Already troubled relations between the Legault government and Quebec’s English-speaking community turn much rockier, reports Martin Croteau of La Presse, as the Quebec Community Groups Network accuses the province of a clandestine destabilization campaign.

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Once Touted as ‘Historic,’ Secretariat Accused of Undermining Anglo Groups

The Coalition Avenir Québec government is using the provincial secretariat for anglophone affairs to surreptitiously destabilize anglophone groups and “undermine the legitimate leadership of the community,” the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) says. Reporter Andy Riga of The Montreal Gazette examines the history of the secretariat.

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Anglo community network defends itself after defections, blasts CAQ government

The Quebec Community Groups Network reached out directly to its rank and file on Monday to defend its track record advocating for anglophone interests after nine of its more than 50 member groups left the organization last week.

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English-language network loses nine members in the regions

The umbrella group that works to protect English minority rights in Quebec has lost some of its members. The Quebec Community Groups Network announced that nine member organizations have withdrawn from the network.

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Quebec Anglo rights group defends track record amid dissent

The Quebec Community Groups Network, an umbrella group representing English-language community groups across the province, is standing by its track record as an advocacy group amid a wave of departures from unhappy member organizations.

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Allison Hanes: QCGN schism means unsettling times for anglophone Quebecers

The defection of nine member organizations from the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) speaks to the complicated job of representing anglophone interests in unsettling times, columnist Allison Hanes writes in The Montreal Gazette. Rising tensions break into open warfare, as the QCGN accuses the government of Premier François Legault of trying to sabotage its coalition and seeking to divide anglophones at a sensitive juncture.

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Internal strife roils Quebec anglophone rights organization

Nine English-speaking community groups from across Quebec have resigned from the Quebec Community Groups Network last week, amid concerns over the organization’s approach and calls for its President to step down.

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English-language network loses nine members in the regions

Nine member organizations have withdrawn from the Quebec Community Groups Network. “It’s a question of whether or not the community should speak forcefully in defence of its rights or should be more passive,” commented QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers, who noted the organizations that left are welcome back at any time.

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Registration now open for Co-Lab

Are you a young English speaker in Quebec who has had trouble finding and maintaining employment in your region? Do you have ideas on how to improve access to employment services and retention programs for English-speakers? If yes, then we want to hear from you! CBC Quebec, Canadian Heritage and the Quebec Community Groups Network are looking for creative and dynamic participants to work with community organizations during a two-day event in November. The goal? To identify innovative employment solutions for English-speaking young people in Quebec.

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Changes desired to Bill 40

The leaders of Alliance for the Promotion of Public English-Language Education in Quebec (APPELE-Quebec criticize the Coalition Avenir Québec’s plans of abolishing school boards and express their concerns with the impact this could have on Quebec’s English-speaking community.

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Opinion: Bill to abolish school boards requires significant amendments

With the government of Quebec tabling Bill 40, the framework for the proposed abolition of school boards, the three leaders of the Alliance for the Promotion of Public English-language Education in Quebec (APPELE-Quebec) maintain that many serious problems remain to be addressed. Geoffrey Kelley, Joan Fraser and Kevin Shaar emphasize that the bill, as it is currently constituted, will discourage community and volunteer involvement, muzzle our elected officials and increase the grip on our school system held by the education minister and ministry officials.  “We will continue our analysis, and we encourage the government to allow for a full public policy debate.”

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Minority language groups find “surprising level of consensus” in call for Official Languages Act renewal

Carrying on a process that has been happening in the background of federal and provincial political discussions for the last three years or so, the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), the Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO), and the Société de l’Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick (SANB) have been on tour since the summer trying to get the modernization of Canada’s Official Languages Act to be a priority for the country’s next government.”The Official Languages Act really needs to be brought up to date,” said Geoffrey Chambers, President of the QCGN, in a group interview with The Record last week. Joined by Carol Jolin, President of the AFO, and Ali Chaisson, Executive Director of the SANB, the QCGN president echoed words previously related by Raymond Théberge, Canada’s Commissioner of Official Langauges, in saying that the 50 year old piece of legislation is long overdue for an overhaul.

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