Statement by The Honourable Marlene Jennings, P.C. President of the Quebec Community Groups Network on the Adoption of Bill 96

For more than a year, the QCGN has been doing its best to convince the Quebec government of the shortcomings of Bill 96, An Act respecting French, the official and common language of Québec. Unfortunately, our concerns as well as those of countless Quebecers including organizations representing our business, education, health and social services, human […]

Une société normale

Though the QCGN has voiced its support for French being the official and common language of Quebec, Le Devoir columnist Robert Dutrisac accuses the organization of hypocrisy by speaking out against Bill 96. Dutrisac criticizes what he calls the QCGN’s desire to maintain the “status quo.” Read more

(Video) Anglophone seniors living outside Montreal deplores limited access to English-language newspapers

English-speaking residents outside the greater Montreal area say they feel cut off, even abandoned. For months, they haven’t been able to get their hands on publications of most English-language newspapers. “It really affects the vitality of our community in terms of access to what’s going on,” says Eva Ludvig, a board member of the Quebec […]

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Bill 96: Five reasons Quebec’s language law reform is stirring controversy

A protest against Quebec’s proposed overhaul of its language law drew a large crowd in Montreal on Saturday. Marlene Jennings, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network, an anglophone advocacy group, says the law could prevent hundreds of thousands of English speakers from accessing health care in their language. Read more

Bill C-13: QCGN Brief to House of Commons Standing Committee on Official Languages

Bill C-13 is not the bill that the official language minorities asked for. In Bill C-13, the federal government is poised to abandon half a century of official language policy and turn the OLA into legislation aimed at the protection and promotion of one official language. Read more

Opponents of Bill 96 are spreading ‘disinformation’: Legault

Premier François Legault accused opponents of Bill 96 of engaging in “disinformation,” saying he heard many express concerns about the bill in recent days that are just not true. Reacting to Legault’s comments, Quebec Community Groups Network president Marlene Jennings turned the tables, saying the government is also spreading false information. Read more

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Anglophone employment concerns as passing of Quebec’s Bill 96 looms

The stereotype of Quebec Anglophones being wealthy, prosperous, and homogenous is a myth, says Sylvia Martin-Laforge, director general of the QCGN. Read more

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY WALKS BACK “3 CONTENT COURSES IN FRENCH” RULE FOR ENGLISH CEGEPS

Over the past two days, the National Assembly discussed Bill 96, An Act respecting French, the Official and Common Language of Québec and commentary from the Committee on Culture and Education, which earlier reviewed the bill on a clause-by-clause basis. Introducing the bill Wednesday, Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) MNA Mathieu Lévesque outlined the various “pillars” […]

Hanes: Last chance to speak out against Bill 96

It has been a long time since English-speaking Quebecers have been called upon to come together in great number to defend our rights. All Quebecers of any linguistic background should be deeply concerned, francophones included. But it’s the Quebec Community Groups Network, the umbrella group that represents anglophone interests, that has been leading the charge. […]

‘Making monsters of each other’: Businesses fear impact of Quebec language law

As Quebec’s contentious language law heads closer to adoption, the province’s business community is growing increasingly anxious about what it could mean for their bottom line, with some companies considering leaving entirely. As it stands, incidents of non-compliance are worked out between companies and the Office québécois de la langue française, with negotiable compliance timelines. […]

LA SANTÉ ET LES SERVICES SOCIAUX DOIVENT ÊTRE EXEMPTÉS

Access to health and social services in English must be exempted from Bill 96, writes health care advocate Eric Maldoff: “Bill 96 will create serious obstacles to the delivery of safe and effective care for all Quebecers.” Read more

QCGN plans anti-Bill 96 demonstration on May 14

As the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) was announcing plans for a protest of Bill 96 last week, a move was afoot to mitigate one of the more troubling irritants to English-speakers contained in the proposed new language law. Read more

Le torchon brûle

The amendment to Bill 96 which softens the requirement for students at English-language CEGEPs to pass three courses is French was a “sensible decision” by the Quebec government, which “starkly shows that many Anglophones, at the end of their secondary education, have not acquired a sufficient knowledge of French,” writes columnist Robert Dutrisac. He goes […]

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Quebec’s Bill 96 could negatively impact patient care, say advocates

Health care is one of the many areas which will be negatively impacted by Bill 96, the Quebec government’s reform of the French language law. “Health and social services in the province are governed by section 15 of the act respecting health and social services that states individuals can receive services in English where resources, […]