Busting myths: Report shows English-speaking Quebecers are key part of a national-unity solution

MONTREAL – June 18, 2024 – There is a lot of good news in a new report from the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages (OCOL) that confirms two key things about the English-speaking community of Quebec (ESCQ), Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) President Eva Ludvig said today. “First, the report shows clearly that […]

Language rights in Quebec: Anglo-Quebecers concerned and outraged

The Quebec government is stepping up its efforts to contain the decline of French in the province, but the English-speaking community is concerned about the impact legislative action will have on its own language rights. ONFR TFO’s 4 minute piece on English-speaking “Quebec activists” are featured, including QCGN President Eva Ludvig and board member Chad […]

Concordia University slashes budget amid grim economic update

As Concordia University faces a $36-million deficit, the school announced major cuts in spending. It comes as the result of a historic drop in enrolment, which the academic institution blames on the Quebec government’s tuition hike targeting students from outside of Quebec. QCGN President Eva Ludvig comments on the situation. Read more

New report shows French use on the decline in Quebec

A new 152-page report published by the Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF) illustrates that adults aged 18 to 34 are major contributors to the decline of the use of the French language, especially online and in social settings. QCGN Director General Sylvia Martin-Laforge says that the government cannot dictate what language young people […]

QCGN to Quebec: English-speaking community part of solution, not the problem

“English-speaking Quebecers are not the enemy,” reads the open letter from QCGN President Eva Ludvig, calling for the English-speaking community to have a seat at the table in the provincial government’s action plan to protect and promote the French language. “Regardless of where we agree or disagree, the English-speaking community should be part of the […]

OPEN LETTER: QCGN to Quebec: English-speaking community part of the solution, not the problem

The English-speaking community should be included in the Coalition Avenir Québec’s action plan for the revitalization of the French language, writes QCGN President Eva Ludvig in an open letter to French Language Minister Jean-François Roberge. “The English-speaking community of Quebec has a role to play in the promotion and protection of the French language,” writes […]

Bilingual harmony? Canadians lodge fewer complaints over English and French use

The revamp of the Official Languages Act last summer “gives us an opportunity to turn the page in an effort to fully realize Canada’s language policy,” says Official Languages Commissioner Raymond Théberge in the Official Languages annual report. The Gazette makes note of the QCGN’s opposition to the inclusion of references to Quebec’s Bill 101 […]

Open letter: CAQ’s language plan must include anglophones

The English-speaking community should be included in the Quebec government’s plan to bolster the French language, writes QCGN President Eva Ludvig in an open letter to French Language Minister Jean-François Roberge. “We can make reasonable and constructive suggestions to further this objective,” Ludvig explains. “We are part of the solution, not the problem.” Read more

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Anglo groups react to Quebec’s $603M to protect French

“People don’t react well to coercive measures and fear-mongering,” says QCGN Director-General Sylvia Martin-Laforge, reacting to the Coalition Avenir Québec government’s $600-million action plan to protect the French language. She adds that the QCGN disagrees with the CAQ’s apparent focus on the proportion of French spoken in households. Read more

Tom Mulcair: Is the CAQ setting up French to fail?

The Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government has not defined the “yardsticks” that would be used to measure if its $600-million action plan to protect the French language is achieving its objectives, writes former politician Tom Mulcair. Mentioning a recent QCGN press release, Mulcair points out that there are indications that the CAQ will consider data […]

Quebec to invest $603M to protect French language. Critics say province has it all wrong

The Quebec government isn’t using objective or appropriate statistical criteria as it argues that the French language in Quebec is declining, says Sylvia Martin-Laforge, director general of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN). Data which the government consistently cites – and presents to the public – should be interpreted with more nuance, she adds. Read […]

Report card on French may bring more coercive measures, QCGN says 

MONTREAL – April 28, 2024 – Will the Quebec government set French up to fail? QCGN President Eva Ludvig raised that possibility today as Jean-François Roberge, Minister for the French Language, and other ministers presented the government’s long-delayed Plan d’Action for the protection and promotion of French. “What’s new in today’s presentation,” Ludvig said, “is […]

‘We are going on the offensive,’ Roberge says of $603M action plan to promote French

More language measures unveiled Sunday morning by French Language Minister Jean-François Roberge lack a clear yardstick on how the government will gauge the health of French, says Eva Ludvig, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network. She contests the approach of using language spoken at home as the key barometer. Read more

Quebecers responsibility to protect French does not require repression of English

“The draconian measures contained in Bill 96 haven’t changed anything, weren’t necessary, and missed the target,” Eva Ludvig, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), writes in a commentary published by The Suburban: “It was heartening to see the degree to which the speakers (at a recent multi-partner conference) shared the QCGN view that […]

OPINION: All Quebecers have a responsibility to preserve, protect and promote French

English-speaking Quebecers have a vested interest in the preservation of Quebec’s identity – something that cannot be achieved through coercive measures, writes QCGN President Eva Ludvig in an op-ed in the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph. Read more