Working Together to Strengthen the Voice of English-speaking Quebec

The face of English-speaking Quebec is changing, so we embarked on a renewal process. Part of this process led us to conducting 60 interviews with key opinion leaders in the community. The findings can be downloaded here:    

How Many English-speaking Quebecers Are There?

Statistics are used to paint a picture — to tell a story.  What statistics are presented, and how they are utilized and to what ends, is another matter. They are instruments used at the discretion of the storyteller. Canadians have a special interest in statistics that tell our linguistic story.  We pay special attention to […]

Editorial: A time for English-speaking Quebecers to focus on our future

With new measures to protect French imminent from both the Quebec and federal governments, English-speaking Quebecers should be forgiven for wondering, ‘what about us?’ writes the Montreal Gazette’s editorial board. Quebec’s English-speaking communities also require protection, even if English — as the majority language in Canada and the world’s lingua franca of commerce, technology and […]

My Quebec: English-speaking Quebecers are beleaguered, but blessed

For English-speaking Quebecers, being a minority within a minority can be both a burden and a blessing, writes retired senator and former editor in chief of the Montreal Gazette, Joan Fraser. While linguistic division is one of our defining features, Quebecers also have much in common, writes Fraser who sits on the board of the […]

We must protect French – but not at the expense of Quebec’s English-speaking communities

By Marlene Jennings, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network At the dawn of 2021, English-speaking Quebecers are witnessing the relative language peace we have enjoyed for many years fade. In Ottawa, Official Languages Minister Mélanie Joly has promised to table a white paper as the basis for protecting and promoting French not only outside of […]

5 enjeux à surveiller en 2021

On rêve au jour où l’on pourra enfin tourner la page sur la COVID-19. Mais la pandémie risque fort de définir une bonne partie des enjeux politiques déterminants pour la prochaine année, tant à Québec qu’à Ottawa. Surtout, 2021 nous révélera ses répercussions les plus sournoises, celles qui perdureront pendant des années. Parmi ces répercussions, […]

Opinion: QCGN to be a crucial, constructive voice in coming debates

By Marlene Jennings  •  Special to Montreal Gazette Let’s protect French without diminishing the vitality and viability of Quebec’s English-speaking communities, which are increasingly fragile. The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) and many English-speaking Quebecers are determined to serve as crucial and constructive voices throughout upcoming debates that are bound to prove emotional and sometimes acrimonious. We […]

Montrealers to watch in 2021: Jennings ready to rumble for anglo rights

“This whole French-language debate excludes the interests of our community,” says the new president of the Quebec Community Groups Network. “It’s been non-stop busy,” said Marlene Jennings, looking back on 2020. “I’m still trying to catch my breath; and I haven’t been able to do that yet.” In September, she ended a whirlwind, one-year stint […]

Interview with Former Liberal MP Marlene Jennings

(VIDEO) As a former Liberal MP and someone who has dedicated most of her life to community involvement and public service, Marlene Jennings is now working to unite English-speaking community members in her new roles as president of the Quebec Community Groups Network. In this year in review, Global’s Laura Casella speaks to Jennings about […]

Job Posting: Access to Justice in English in Quebec Project Director

ABOUT THE QCGN Founded in 1995, the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) gives a voice to the Official Language Minority Community (OLMC) of Quebec. It advocates on behalf of this community, promoting its views, positions and interests, ensuring the respect and evolution of its rights, and contributing to its growth and vitality. The QCGN believes […]

A Look Back and What’s to Come for Former Liberal MP Marlene Jennings

(VIDEO) Marlene Jennings has taken on a new role. She joins Global’s Laura Casella to talk about her vision for the English-speaking communities across Quebec. Go to video

Two candidates vying for QCGN presidency

The president of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) is facing a challenge for his job in an election to be held on Nov. 5. Geoffrey Chambers, who is completing his first two-year term as president of the Quebec anglophone lobby group, will be up against Marlene Jennings, the current QCGN treasurer and former Liberal […]

Marlene Jennings – a lifetime of community involvement and public service experience now contributing to the Quebec Community Groups Network

Marlene Jennings has an extensive career in public service as a member of the Quebec Police Commission, an elected Member of Parliament, and several community groups. She served as a Trustee for the English Montreal School Board and has recently been elected as President of the Quebec Community Groups Network. “I grew up in the […]

Marlene Jennings seeks to rekindle connections with English-speaking organizations

December 6, 2020 – Marlene Jennings, a former Liberal MP, is working to unite English-speaking community members in her new role as president of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN). QCGN, a non-profit linking 53 English-language community organizations across the province, was subject to a public rift among its members last fall. Several organizations opted […]

Quebec announces plans to strengthen French language laws

November 24, 2020 – Quebec’s Minister Responsible for the French Language, Simon Jolin-Barrette, announced on Tuesday a plan to table a bill aimed at strengthening French in the province. “Quebec was born in French, and it will stay French,” Jolin-Barrette said at a news conference on Tuesday. Read more