Minority language groups band together to demand language act revamp

The QCGN, the Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario and the Société de l’Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick are teaming up to demand parties involved in the Oct. 21 federal election commit to strengthening the Official Languages Act by imposing stiffer sanctions on offenders.  “There’s a high degree of consensus on what should be done with the act. We would like that consensus converted into an undertaking by the parties in the election, and then an actual adoption of measures in the new parliament,” Geoffrey Chambers, president of the QCGN, told the Montreal Gazette in an editorial board interview on Thursday.

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The doggedness of the Anglophones

The “Bonjour-Hi” battle continues. Journal de Montréal columnist Denise Bombardier shares her thoughts on the greeting. QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers recently expressed the wish that Canadians be greeted in both official languages.

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Voters will be Greeted By a “Bonjour-Hello”

Voters turning up on October 21 will be greeted with a “bonjour-hello”, causing the Mouvement Quebec française (MQF) to speak out against Elections Canada. Quebec Community Groups Network president Geoffrey Chambers says that a welcome in both official languages is exactly what the English-speaking community supports.

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What Legault Says When He Thinks Non-Francophones Aren’t Listening

Montreal Gazette’s Don Macpherson looks back at the Coalition Avenir Québec’s first year in power and its ups and downs with the English-speaking community.

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Analysis: Pride and Pragmatism are Hallmarks of Legault’s First Year in Office

The Montreal Gazette’s political reporter Philip Authier reflects on key moments that have marked the Coalition Avenir Québec’s first year in power. There have been a series of initiatives, most notably the plan to abolish school boards and the implementation of Bill 21, have concerned the community at large commented QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers.

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50 Years Since the Official Languages Act, Language still a Federal Election Issue

As the federal election coincides with the 50th anniversary of Canada’s Official Languages Act, language- rights organizations such as the QCGN are lobbying for politicians to re-examine the Act, writes Professor Stéphanie Chouinard.

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The Anglophone Community and the CAQ

During a panel discussion on MAtv’s City Life on Coalition Avenir Québec’s first year in power, QCGN General Director Sylvia Martin-Laforge discusses the government’s public consultation tour with English-speaking Quebecers. The Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier for Relations with English-Speaking Quebecers, Christopher Skeete, is also interviewed.

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Pride and Pragmatism are Hallmarks of Legault’s First Year in Office

Political reporter Philip Authier reflects on key moments that have marked the Coalition Avenir Québec’s first year in power. There have been a series of initiatives, most notably the plan to abolish school boards and the implementation of Bill 21, have concerned the community at large explained QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers.

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One year of Legault government: tense relations with minorities

From its plan to rehaul school boards to Bill 21, The Journal de Montréal analyzes the rising tensions between the Coalition Avenir Québec and minority groups, including the English-speaking community. Despite the tension, the government is willing to listen to community concerns, said QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers.

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The Future of French Education in the Supreme Court

Supreme Court judges will hear from minority languages communities today in the Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique v. British Columbia case. While the case is about language education rights for French speakers in British Columbia, the QCGN is showing solidarity with Francophone minority organizations in calling for a broad and generous interpretation of Section 23 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. QCGN will be participating in the hearings, with President Geoffrey Chambers explaining that the goal “is to remind the court that this article concerns English-speaking and French-language minorities and explains why the management and control of minority language instruction is equally important in the context of Quebec.”

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English Quebecers have trust issues with the CAQ: Leger poll

New Léger poll finds that majority of English-speaking Quebecers, 78 per cent, said they have greater faith in their community organizations to provide services in their mother tongue. When it comes to education, 81 per cent of people said they trust English-language school boards, according to the five community groups that commissioned the survey. The results do not come as a surprise to QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers who says the results “demonstrate very clearly that English-speaking Quebecers feel Premier François Legault and his party do not understand English-speaking Quebecers and are not committed to defending our rights and institutions.”

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Poll shows Anglo-Quebecers mistrust Provincial Government

Poll showing that majority of Quebecers do not trust the Coalition Avenir Québec does not come as a surprise to QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers, who says that “I think this government has given a number of soft signals that it’s not really listening to the community,” said Chambers. “(They’re) continuing to talk about school boards, what they did with Bill 21 and even some harder signals taking away our schools.”

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Anglophones Have Little Trust in CAQ Government, Poll Suggests

The majority of English-speaking Quebecers feel the Coalition Avenir Québec does not understand their concerns, shows a Léger poll commissioned by the QCGN, the Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA), the Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation (CEDEC) and the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS). QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers says the results do not come as a surprise and further shows that “there have been a series of government initiatives that are very worrying to the community.”

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English-Community Leaders Question Timing of Report on EMSB

English-community leaders question timing of release of scathing report on the English-Montreal School Board. QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers reiterated his stance on the English-speaking community having the right to control and manage constitutionally protected institutions.

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We will respect anglo rights: Roberge

This week, we received the report on the governance and administration of the English Montreal School Board. The results of that report are troubling, and we are currently evaluating all options available to us at this time. This is not an easy decision that our gouvernment will take lighly.

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