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. Read letter (in French and English)

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. Read more (in French only)

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 […]

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 […]

Quebec’s Language Debate Poised to Roar Back to Life

Provincial political parties intent on re-igniting the language debate, QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers expresses concern. “This is a pattern of inventing problems and then spending a lot of time and energy on socially disruptive actions to create divisions and frustrations where we don’t need them.” Read more

Simon Jolin-Barrette Takes Over Quebec Language Portfolio in Addition to Immigration

QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers shared his thoughts on news that Immigration Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette will add French language portfolio to his job. Chambers says that “there is no problem with the French language in Quebec, but that there are problems with the way minority groups are being treated.” Read more

CAQ kicks off provincial tour to ‘build bridges’ with English-speaking communities

The Coalition Avenir Quebec’s provincial consultation tour with the English-speaking community begins this week. QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers says the provincial advocacy will be happy to attend and will be paying close attention to ensure the community’s interests are respected. Read article

Official languages: the necessary redesign

The Quebec Community Groups Network, and the Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario met with the editorial board of Le Droit. This united front emphasizes the importance of modernizing the Official Languages Act for official minority language communities. Read more: (in French only)

Mutinous rumblings of the English school boards defused?

The English-speaking community still has not digested the ban on religious symbols. Students submitted numerous questions on this topic to Christopher Skeete, Member of Parliament for Sainte-Rose, who spoke to the English-speaking community at an event at Bishop’s University in Lennoxville last week. Read more: (in French only)

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 […]

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.  Read more

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.”  Read more

Third civic engagement forum for Quebec’s English-speaking youth kicks off at Bishop’s University this weekend

On Saturday over fifty English-speaking youths between the ages of 18 and 26 from across Quebec will gather on the campus of Bishop’s University in the Eastern Townships for a week-long immersion into Quebec society. The Forum’s program will provide the young people an opportunity to learn, share, inspire and be inspired. Participants will come […]

Bishop’s Forum bringing young leaders together

Sherbrooke, August 9, 2019 – Over the course of this coming week, Bishop’s University will be hosting the third edition of The Bishop’s Forum, an annual leadership conference for English-speaking youth from across the province. Set to take place from this Saturday, August 10, to Thursday August 15, the forum will bring together roughly 60 […]

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. Read more