Appearing six times a year, the Network News informs our partners and stakeholders as well as members of Quebec’s English-speaking community about the latest activities, news, and views of the Quebec Community Groups Network.
NETWORK NEWS JULY 2021
Less than six months ago, on Jan. 1, The Montreal Gazette published an op-ed by me predicting as 2020 drew to a close that English-speaking Quebecers were witnessing the relative language peace we had enjoyed for many years was going to fade.
Sadly, these predictions were fully and rapidly realized. As 2021 began, federal Official Languages Minister Mélanie Joly promised to table a white paper as the basis for protecting and promoting French not only outside of Quebec, but also within. In Quebec City, Language Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette was ramping up to present legislation that would enforce and reinforce the Charter of the French Language.
QCGN MEETS WITH LANGUAGE MINISTER SIMON JOLIN-BARRETTE
Along with members of our Executive Committee Kevin Shaar, Eva Ludvig, Matt Aronson, and our Director General Sylvia Martin-Laforge, I met with Simon Jolin-Barrette, Quebec’s minister Responsible for the French Language earlier this month. Minister Jolin-Barrette told our delegation that the government’s objective is not to take away rights from English-speaking Quebecers or divide the two language groups. He said his aim is to promote French while respecting the rights of our community.
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Meeting with Prime Minister Trudeau On Monday we received a last-minute invitation to meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau while he was in Montreal for a Liberal fundraiser. While it was a short, informal meeting we got a chance to raise several substantive issues that have an impact on Quebec’s English-speaking community. It […]
QCGN MEETS PREMIER LEGAULT TO DISCUSS CONCERNS OF ENGLISH-SPEAKING COMMUNITY By Geoffrey ChambersQCGN PresidentAs the main advocacy group for Quebec’s English-speaking community, the Quebec Community Groups Network met with Premier François Legault on Friday, February 15. It is a compliment to our Network that he sat down to speak with us so early in his mandate. […]
QCGN TAKES ENGLISH-SPEAKING MINORITY COMMUNITY’S CONCERNS TO PARLIAMENT HILL By Geoffrey Chambers QCGN President The Quebec Community Groups Network connected with Members of Parliament and Senators last week as we hosted our annual event on Parliament Hill. This was a unique opportunity for our Parliamentarians to better understand Quebec’s English-speaking community – one of two […]
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