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

The eclipse (of French) didn’t happen

Another follow-up to the recent Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF) study suggesting the use of French in public spaces remains stable. La Presse editorial writer Stéphanie Grammond not only acknowledges the QCGN’s language event, but writes that false claims by the Quebec government that French is in decline only hurts the cause of […]

Our guest – Mario Polese – says anglos have a special responsibility to help french in Montreal. What do you think?

Researcher Mario Polèse speaks about his suggestion that English-speaking Quebecers ought to make a conscious effort to use French as the primary language in the public sphere. He speaks with CBC Radio Noon’s Shawn Appel. Quebec Community Groups Network Director General Sylvia Martin-Laforge joins the call at minute 14 of the show. Listen here

An OQLF study says that the use of French in public is actually stable

Professor Jean-Pierre Corbeil speaks with CJAD 800’s Elias Makos about a recent report about the use of French in public, as well as about last week’s conference about the vitality of French in Quebec, which was co-sponsored by the Quebec Community Groups Network. Listen here

Video : QCGN panel participant suggests Bill 96 driven by ‘open-line programs on radio’ – not demographic data

The CTV News Montreal late-night newscast covers Thursday evening’s panel discussion on the place of French in Quebec society, co-sponsored by the Quebec Community Groups Network. CTV’s report begins at the 5:50 mark, with a brief summary of the latest Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF) survey results.  Watch more

Is French on the decline in Quebec?

It appears the rationale for Bill 96 as framed by the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government was based on something other than facts, Eva Ludvig, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), suggests to Global News. This follows the release of a report by the Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF) concluding French […]

Apparent decline of French in Quebec has complex causes, experts say at QCGN panel

Ideas and opinions about the status and future of the French language in Quebec were exchanged during yesterday’s bilingual panel. The discussion, which was co-hosted by the Quebec Community Groups Network, the Montreal Gazette and the Notre Home Foundation, featured panelists Mario Polèse, Jean-Benoît Nadeau and Jean-Pierre Corbeil. Montreal Gazette columnist Allison Hanes acted as […]

Hanes: Quebec needs to stop defeatist hyperbole on fragility of French

“Quebec is more polarized today than it has been in decades in large part over the undisputed assertion that French is under threat from all sides,” writes columnist Allison Hanes. This issue will be one of several discussed at Thursday’s conference, co-sponsored by the Quebec Community Groups Network. Hanes will join Jean-Benoît Nadeau, Jean-Pierre Corbeil […]

Free conference looks at the question: Is French in decline?

A conference to be held next Thursday will place the spotlight on a recently published book that takes a deep dive on one of the most pressing questions facing Quebec these days: Is French in decline? Some of the many contributors to Le français en déclin? Repenser la francophonie québécoise will participate in a panel […]

QCGN sees some good news for English-speaking Quebecers in 2024-2025 budget

Montreal – March 12, 2024 – The Quebec Community Groups Network is pleased to see a modest increase in the budget for organizations and institutions serving the community with an additional $825.000 in the budget of the Secretariat for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers. We are also pleased to see the 2024-2025 provincial budget has maintained […]

Parties, groups put their 2 cents in as Eric Girard prepares spring budget

In the run-up to tomorrow’s Quebec budget, the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) met with Finance Minister Eric Girard to underscore a longstanding demand that funding for community organizations in Quebec representing Anglophones be upped to reflect the size of the English-speaking population.  Read more