Legal challenge against Bill 96 coming, Montreal lawyer says

The Quebec Community Groups Network has criticized Bill 96 for many reasons, in part for infringing on citizens’ privacy rights, greatly reducing the ability to receive public services in English and for issuing fines for speaking languages other than French at work. Read more

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Will Bill 96 affect how English-speakers in the province receive health care?

Bill 96 – according to the Quebec government – is a moderate reform that will improve protection for French-language while preserving English services. But critics say the bill will limit access to health care and more. “Little exemption appears to only apply if someone’s life is in imminent danger of death,” said Marlene Jennings, president […]

Les craintes de la réforme de la Charte de la langue française

“Premier Legault, can you hear us now?” said QCGN President Marlene Jennings during the May 14 protest against Bill 96. Read more

No ‘hidden agenda’ with Bill 96, Quebec’s language minister says

The minister responsible for the French language says the Legault government has no “hidden agenda” with Bill 96, and insists the status quo will continue for the English-speaking and Indigenous communities when accessing health and social services. Critics including the Quebec Community Groups Network have said that under Bill 96, out of 1.1 million residents […]

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ADOPTS BILL 96

Members of the National Assembly yesterday delivered their final speeches and remarks on Bill 96, An Act respecting French, the Official and Common Language of Québec and commentary from the Committee on Culture and Education, which had reviewed the bill on a clause-by-clause basis. Read more

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. […]