Quebec community groups rallying against Bill 96

The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) is planning to host a rally in mid-May so that those who are opposed to Bill 96 can make themselves heard. “The government has made it very clear that it is not listening,” said Marlene Jennings, QCGN’s President, explaining that the hope is for the public action to help […]

Rights groups plan to protest Bill 96 next month

Minority rights groups in Montreal will protest Bill 96 in Quebec following concern amongst advocates from different sectors such as health and education. The demonstration will begin at 10.30 a.m. on May 14 in front of Dawson College and will end at Quebec Premier Francois Legault’s office on McGill College Ave. downtown. “As with Bill […]

Opinion: Disallowance and Bill 96

When it comes to the use of the notwithstanding clause, law professors Jason MacLean and Kerri Anne Froc suggest a three-part regulatory framework that might make such use more deliberate. Groups like the QCGN ought to “pressure Ottawa to insist on such a framework being used whenever a province wishes to invoke the notwithstanding clause,” […]

Anglophone groups plan downtown protest against Bill 96 on May 14

Amid growing opposition to Bill 96 among Quebec anglophones, leaders of the English-speaking community are organizing a demonstration in downtown Montreal on May 14. Protesters, many of whom are livid over proposed changes to Quebec’s French Language Charter, will march from Dawson College to Premier François Legault’s office on McGill College Ave., the Montreal Gazette […]

Anglophone parents, students need to rally against Bill 96 amendment, educators say

The Quebec government would be more likely to drop a proposal requiring anglophone CEGEP students to take three of their courses in French if there was a more forceful outcry from the English-speaking community, CEGEP leaders say. “For a large segment of the student population there will be a significant impact on their career choices […]

CSL calls on CAQ to withdraw Bill 96 and consult English community

Côte St. Luc council last week unanimously repeated its call for the Quebec government to remove the proposed expanded language law Bill 96 from the order paper. The resolution says before putting forward such legislation that amends the Charter of the French Language, it should “meaningfully consult with the English-speaking community of Quebec and associations […]

QCGN seeks feedback on new federal language legislation

On April 7, the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) hosted a town hall webinar attended by more than 60 people, which was later posted on YouTube. During the webinar, QCGN policy, research and public affairs director Stephen Thompson and legal adviser Marion Sandilands explained the implications of the bill, which is currently undergoing second reading […]

Quebec anglophone groups gearing up for fight against Bill 96 amendment

Quebec’s English-speaking community is coming together to fight the province’s language reform, Bill 96. The Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA) along with the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), the English Parents Committee Association (EPCA) and the Quebec Federation of Home Schools Association (QFHSA) say they have “no other option but to fight for the […]

COMMITTEE CONCLUDES EXAMINATION OF BILL 96: CAQ ENSHRINES PRIMACY OF FRENCH LANGUAGE AND “QUEBEC NATION” OVER CANADIAN AND QUEBEC HUMAN RIGHTS CHARTERS

The National Assembly’s Committee on Culture and Education yesterday resumed its clause-by-clause analysis of Bill 96, An Act respecting French, the Official and Common Language of Québec. After a particularly intensive day, the committee last night concluded its examination. Read more

Statement on Coalition Avenir Québec Government’s Refusal to Budge on Provisions for English-speaking CEGEP Students

MONTREAL, April 14, 2022 – English-speaking Quebecers are deeply disappointed that the Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ) government has refused to correct an ill-advised measure in Bill 96 that would impact the educational success of our youth. Read more

COMMITTEE ADOPTS SERIES OF SURPRISE CHANGES REGARDING BILINGUALISM IN QUEBEC JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS

The National Assembly’s Committee on Culture and Education yesterday resumed its article-by-article analysis of Bill 96, An Act respecting French, the Official and Common Language of Québec. Members discussed clauses 147 through 164, which include ten new adopted amendments tabled by Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette. These modify Quebec’s Consumer Protection Act and the Courts of Justice […]

COMMITTEE SUBSTANTIVELY CHANGES QUEBEC HUMAN RIGHTS LAWS

The National Assembly’s Committee on Culture and Education yesterday resumed its clause-by-clause analysis of Bill 96, An Act respecting French, the Official and Common Language of Québec. Members discussed clauses 107 and 125 to 146, which make several modifications to Quebec’s Code of Civil Procedure, the provincial Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms (Quebec Charter), […]

QCGN Webinar: The Impact of Bill 96 on Student Success

The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), in collaboration with the English Parents’ Committee Association (EPCA), Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA), and Quebec Federation of Home & School Associations (QFHSA), is hosting a webinar on the impact of Bill 96 on student success. Education has been at the forefront of ongoing discussions in Bill 96’s […]

André Pratte: In Quebec, Anglo anger boils, as even the Liberals take a nationalist turn

Retired Senator and former journalist Joan Fraser has for decades been one of the most insightful observers of Quebec politics. So, when Fraser says that Quebec’s English-speaking population is angry like never before, one must take the situation seriously. “We feel abandoned,” she told me this week. “For 50 years, we have been told that […]

COMMITTEE ADOPTS PROPOSED CHANGES TO CIVIL CODE OF QUEBEC

The National Assembly’s Committee on Culture and Education yesterday resumed its clause-by-clause analysis of Bill 96, An Act respecting French, the Official and Common Language of Québec. Members discussed clauses 115 through 126, which make several modifications to the Charter of the French Language. These clauses also make many changes to other legislation, including the […]