‘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. […]


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 […]


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, […]

QCGN says May 14 mobilization will include anglo and franco Quebecers

English-speaking groups say opposition to Bill 96 extends beyond the minority community and includes groups representing businesses, patients’ rights advocates and others. In an online news conference held Tuesday, the Quebec Community Groups Network said it expects broad support from French community groups as well, because the proposed law would also penalize French speakers in […]

English groups slam Bill 96, plan to protest in May

Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) president Marlene Jennings did not hold back as she slammed the province’s new language law, arguing that if Bill 96 is adopted, all Quebecers will be at the mercy of the French language minister. Read more

Quebec English groups plan protest against language bill

English groups in Montreal say they plan to protest against Quebec’s Bill 96, which aims to strengthen the province’s French language law. Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) President Marlene Jennings argues the new language law amendments will be an assault on human rights in the province. Read more

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 […]