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 […]

Improving access to Justice for minority language communities in Quebec

Canadians expect that language should not be a barrier to access to justice. That is why the Government of Canada is taking positive measures to support official language minority communities as they interact with the justice system. Today, the Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, announced the Government of Canada’s […]

The Split Between Montreal and Quebec

From Bill 21 to school boards, environmental concerns and immigration, MAtv’s City Life investigates the burgeoning rift between Montreal and the Coalition Avenir Québec’s policies and electoral platform. Watch video

Group lobbies on behalf of English school boards

Brian Rock hopes to save English school boards from the clutches of the CAQ government, and he’s not alone. In January, Rock formed Citizens of the Outaouais for the Future of English Education in Western Quebec, or COFFEE-WQ. A Montreal-based group has also arisen to combat the possible abolishment of school boards. The Alliance for […]

QCGN pleased with renewed support for English-speaking Quebecers

The Quebec Community Groups Network is pleased that in today’s provincial budget, the Coalition Avenir Québec government has invested more money in our community. The QCGN hopes increased funding will help the Secretariat to fulfil its role better to serve as a conduit for our community to have full access to government ministries and agencies […]

QCGN Eager to Contribute to Hearings on Modernization of the Official Languages Act

Montreal, March 11, 2019 – The Quebec Community Groups Network looks forward to contributing to cross-country consultations by Official Languages Minister Mélanie Joly on the modernization of the Official Languages Act, as Canadians celebrate the 50th anniversary of this pivotal law. “The Official Languages Act is a lifeline for English-speaking Quebec,” said QCGN President Geoffrey […]

Network News February 2019

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. […]

Anglo Right’s Groups met Friday with Premier François Legault, What Happened at the Meeting?

Tiffany Callender, Executive Director of Côte-des-Neiges Black Community Centre and member of QCGN`s Priority Setting Steering Committee is interviewed by CJAD’s Natasha Hall to discuss how the first meeting with Premier François Legault went and the importance of consultation with English-speaking Quebec and visible minority communities. Listen to interview 

Anglophone groups react to first meeting with Premier Legault

The Quebec Community Groups Network, which represents 50 Anglophone groups in Quebec, met with Premier Francois Legault last week. QCGN president Geoffrey Chambers reveals what was discussed. Click to watch the interview

Chambers reacts to the QCGN meeting with Legault

In an interview with CTV’s Paul Karwatsky, QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers discusses concerns that were raised during a first face-to-face meeting with Premier François Legault. Chambers said that while the Premier listened and agreed to consult the community more, he did not commit to following the community’s advice on issues like school boards. Click to […]

Anglo rights group gets first sit-down with the premier to hash out concerns

The Quebec Community Groups Network got to take the concerns of the English community to the premier Friday at a private meeting. It was a rare opportunity so early in a new government’s mandate. “We’ve never met a premier of Quebec this early in his mandate or her mandate,” said QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers. Read […]