English-speaking community disagrees profoundly with government on secularism bill

Montreal – May 23, 2019 – A clear majority of English-speaking Quebecers do not support restrictions on religious symbols worn by public officials. That conclusion stood out in a recent poll that surveyed Quebecers’ attitudes towards the Coalition Avenir Québec government’s proposed secularism bill. An oversample of English-speaking Quebecers taken from an Association for Canadian […]

Geoff Chambers: CAQ actually not doing that badly

The head of the QCGN, Geoffrey Chambers, wants to respond to the CAQ and their Anglo Secretariat. Listen to the report

Anglo secretariat a ‘disappointing failure’: QCGN

Geoffrey Chambers of Quebec Community Groups Network is disappointed with the Secretariat for relations with English-speaking Quebecers. Watch the report on CTV News.ca

Quebec anglophone organization says province is ‘intruding on community rights’

The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), which represents dozens of English community groups across Quebec, is taking the government to task for infringing on anglophones’ minority rights, but that is not sitting well with one Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) MNA who is now firing back. Read more

School transfers and the state of anglo relations in Quebec

By Geoffrey Chambers, president of the Quebec Community Groups network The English Montreal School Board (EMSB) received a formal 30-day notice from Education Minister Jean-François Roberge that he intends to invoke emergency powers to transfer three school buildings to the Commission scolaire de la Pointe-de-l’île. In three weeks, these schools risk being lost to the […]

QCGN Supports Commissioner’s Call for a More Effective Official Languages Act

Montreal, May 9, 2019 – The Quebec Community Groups Network welcomes the Commissioner of Official Languages’ recommendations for a modernized Official Languages Act that further the vitality of linguistic minorities and direct federal institutions to comply with their obligations to the Canadian public. Commissioner Raymond Théberge today proposed legislative changes and new regulatory frameworks in […]

English-speaking community groups rally to fight CAQ plan to close school boards

QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers cites Supreme Court ruling to define English-speaking community coalition’s determination to fight CAQ plan to eliminate province’s school boards. “The court,” said Chambers, “… ruled that minority language communities have the right to control and manage the educational facilities in which their children are taught both to ensure and enable that […]

Minority Language Education Rights: A Wave of Judicial Battles in the Offing

While a major legal challenge for Francophones in British Columbia makes it way to the Supreme Court, language conflicts are emerging in other parts of the country. In Quebec and Prince Edward Island, organizations are asserting their Constitutional rights to preserve their linguistic school boards. The Francophone school board in PEI is getting financial support […]

A new coalition is trying to save school boards from extinction

A new coalition is counting on grass roots support to help fight the CAQ government’s plan to abolish school boards. The coalition, the Alliance for the Promotion of Public English-language Education in Quebec (APPELE-Quebec) is chaired by former Liberal MNA Geoff Kelley and one of the co-chairs is former senator and journalist Joan Fraser. Read […]

Geoff Kelley leads group defending school boards

A coalition of Anglo groups is uniting to defend school boards from the CAQ. Former MNA Geoff Kelley leads the group and has more. Watch report

Newly-formed coalition says CAQ’s plan to abolish school boards is unconstitutional

A new coalition of English rights groups, politicians and schools are vowing to fight the CAQ’s plan to get rid of school boards. The coalition, APPELE – Alliance for the Promotion of Public English-Language Education – says that minority rights are protected under the Constitution, and hopes it can change the government’s mind before it […]

APPELE launched in defense of school boards

Community leaders and organizations representing English-speaking Quebecers have joined together to form a provincial alliance to support democratically elected school boards and convince the government to maintain them. The new group, APPELE-Québec – the Alliance for the Promotion of Public English-language Education in Québec, was launched officially Thursday at a press conference in Montreal. The […]

Quebec’s education minister accuses anglo group of using scare tactics

Quebec’s education minister said those who oppose his government’s plan to abolish school boards are engaging in scare tactics when they say the move will hurt minority communities. Read more

Anglos Will Fight to Keep its School Boards

Former MNA Geoffrey Kelley is interviewed on CJAD’s The Aaron Rand Show on the fight to preserve and defend English school boards. Kelley is Chair of the newly formed APPELE-Québec – the Alliance for the Promotion of Public English-Language Education – a broad coalition of English-speaking community leaders and groups working to preserve democratically elected […]

Community Unites to Fight for Democratically Elected School Boards

Montreal, April 25, 2019 – Community leaders and organizations representing English-speaking Quebecers have joined together to form a provincial alliance to support democratically elected school boards and convince the government to maintain them.   APPELE-Québec – the Alliance for the Promotion of Public English-language Education in Québec – is a broadly-based, Quebec-wide community coalition to […]