Loi sur les langues officielles: Ottawa doit protéger le français d’abord, martèle Québec

Alors qu’Ottawa s’apprête à moderniser sa Loi sur les langues officielles (LLO), Québec avise le fédéral d’accorder à la langue de Molière un traitement préférentiel. En fait, selon le gouvernement de François Legault, seule la langue française est minoritaire au Canada. C’est l’essentiel des constats faits par la ministre des Relations canadiennes et de la […]

Only French should have official status as minority language in Canada: CAQ

Reaction from anglo groups was swift and negative, with a warning that Ottawa must not cede any responsibility for official languages to the provinces. QUEBEC — The Coalition Avenir Québec government has sparked an angry reaction from Quebec’s English-speaking community over its vision of reforms to Canada’s Official Languages Act. “This is a non-starter,” said Quebec Community […]

Langues officielles: discordances apparentes entre Joly et LeBel

Bien que Mélanie Joly ait accueilli poliment les demandes du gouvernement du Québec, la ministre fédérale et son homologue Sonia LeBel ne parlent visiblement pas le même langage à l’approche d’une importante réforme de la Loi sur les langues officielles. Read more (In French only)

Canada Must Not Abandon its Leadership on Official Languages

Montreal, February 5, 2021 – The Government of Canada must not retreat from its legal and moral obligation to Canada’s linguistic duality, and support for our French and English linguistic minority communities. In a letter to Federal Official Languages Minister Mélanie Joly, Quebec’s Minister Responsible for Canadian Relations and the Canadian Francophonie, Sonia LeBel, states that the sole official minority language […]

Bell coupe dans le poste de radio anglophone CJAD

Bell Média a réduit son effectif de journalistes au Québec, passant le couperet dans la salle de nouvelles de la station anglo-montréalaise CJAD, lundi. Dans un communiqué, l’entreprise a confirmé au Devoir avoir effectué « un nombre limité de réductions du personnel », sans préciser le nombre d’employés touché. La porte-parole Vanessa Damha a expliqué que la […]

Bell Media makes major cuts at CJAD

Bell Media, despite a strong financial performance and recently having received $122 million in pandemic-related labour subsidies, exacted what some are calling a jobs “bloodbath” at radio station CJAD. Without notice, Bell Media decimated the CJAD newsroom. Shuyee Lee, who has been with the station since 1993, confirmed her departure on Twitter and added that […]

QCGN Asks Minister Roberge to Fund LEARN to Tutor English-speaking Students

Montreal, February 1, 2021 – The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) shares the concerns of the English Parents’ Committee Association (EPCA) and the Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA) about new tutoring services for Quebec students during the pandemic. Last week, Education Minister Jean-François Roberge unveiled new investments in tutoring for Quebec students using online […]

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 […]