English universities have grounds for legal action to counter tuition hike, lawyer says

The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) sounds further alarm over out-of-province students being singled out with tuition hikes. “English-speaking Quebecers will tell you they feel targeted right now,” says QCGN director general Sylvia Martin-Laforge. Among the likely consequences: “People will not be coming to Quebec because they will not feel they will be able to […]

McGill, Concordia can take Quebec to court over tuition hikes, French requirements, lawyers say

“Discrimination on the basis of language is discrimination,” says constitutional lawyer Julius Grey. He cites Section 15 of the federal Charter of Rights and Freedoms as well as Section 10 of the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms. Recent Quebec legislation is grounded in “identity politics,” says Sylvia Martin-Laforge, director general of the Quebec […]

Quebec tuition hike, francization requirement ‘a targeted attack’: McGill president

The measures to be placed on English-language universities by the Coalition Avenir Québec government create “clear existential threats” to these institutions, says QCGN President Eva Ludvig in a statement. Read more

‘Catastrophic’ tuition plan is a ‘direct attack’ on English universities, McGill says

Quebec plans to go ahead with new measures applying to English-language universities. In a letter sent to McGill, Concordia and Bishop’s, provincial Higher Education Minister Pascale Déry explained that tuition rates for out of province students will rise by 33 per cent as of next fall, and 80 per cent of these students will need […]

English universities blast report that 80% of foreign students will need intermediate French by graduation

Amid public cries for the university tuition hikes for out-of-province students to be scrapped, the Coalition Avenir Québec government is proposing additional measures to protect French –  cutting tuition costs for francophone students from France, Belgium and Switzerland, and requiring 80 per cent of graduates from English-language universities to have an intermediate-level knowledge of French […]

‘Catastrophic’: Quebec set to impose higher French-language requirements for English universities

The Coalition Avenir Québec government’s latest proposals aiming to protect French create “clear existential threats” to Quebec’s English-language universities, says Quebec Community Groups Network President Eva Ludvig. The government’s goal of 80 per cent of out-of-province students at these schooling reaching an intermediate level of French upon graduating is “completely unrealistic,” says Fabrice Labeau, McGill […]

Bill 15 adopted

Despite a petition calling for the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government to hold off on Bill 15, the CAQ invoked closure on the legislation last week. The Quebec Community Groups Network is concerned that this massive piece of legislation will “upend Quebec’s health and social-services network. Read more

Tuition hikes: Government chooses path that could ruin Quebec’s English universities

Montreal – Wednesday, December 13, 2023 – The Quebec Community Groups Network is bitterly disappointed that the Legault government appears to be continuing along a path that could bring ruin to Quebec’s three English universities. News reports suggest the government has determined its final position on tuition increases for out-of-province students. Measures would include a […]

Legault is giving English universities the cold shoulder: McGill and Concordia

Amid the Coalition Avenir Québec government’s proposal to increase university tuition for out-of-province students, McGill and Concordia say they’ve been attempting to reach out to Premier François Legault and his government to no avail. “There have already been severe consequences as the result of this ill-thought-out policy proposal — even before it has been put […]

Patients committee getting complaints about French-only meetings at bilingual Montreal hospital

The patients committee at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) says its members are upset that board meetings are being conducted exclusively in French. Some Anglophones are thus being excluded from the institutions that are supposed to serve the English-speaking community. “The board of directors, and the MUHC in general, is under fairly intense pressure […]

Rushed health bill will need fixes, critics say

Both the Quebec Community Groups Network and the McGill University Health Centre are concerned that the power to be given to Santé Québec – the province’s proposed centralized health agency – through Bill 15 will put English-language minority rights at risk. Read more

QCGN Statement on Bill 15 and Closure 

Montreal – December 8, 2023 – As predicted, the Legault government is imposing closure to ram through its massive, complex Bill 15 that will upend Quebec’s health- and social-services network. In so doing, the Coalition Avenir Québec government is thumbing its nose at the thousands of Quebecers who have raised significant concerns about this ill-thought-out […]

Could right to English services be lost under Quebec’s new health care reform?

The proposed amendment to Bill 15 aims to equip Santé Québec – the proposed provincial health agency that would be established under this legislation – with the power to strip health institutions of their bilingual status if the agency believes it to be unnecessary. Critics of this proposed amendment, the Quebec Community Groups Network among […]

Critics warn Bill 15 will mean no health care in English

Robert Bussière, the MNA representing Gatineau for the Coalition Alliance Québec (CAQ), says anyone who lives in Quebec before the government adopts Bill 15 will have their rights to health care service in English grandfathered in under the new Bill 15 regime. But he isn’t so sure regarding anyone who moves to the province after […]

IS THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING COMMUNITY BEING USED AS A POLITICAL ACCESSORY IN QUEBEC?

Of late, notably regarding the tuition targeting of Quebec’s three English universities, suggests CJAD radio host Elias Makos, more voices in francophone media have started “coming to the defence of Anglos.” Eva Ludvig, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), welcomes signs of this apparent turn: “It’s been a long time coming.” She emphatically […]