No time to waste before government imposes massive centralization of health and social services – and adds a new threat to English access

There is fresh urgency to sign a petition demanding the Quebec government slam the brakes on its massive Bill 15, which is designed to create a vast centralization of our health and social-services network. The imperative arrives in the form of a last-minute, government-proposed amendment, suspended for the moment, that would give its new central […]

Bill 15 ‘centralization’ will impact Anglo health access

QCGN President Eva Ludvig was on hand at a town hall meeting at Dawson College earlier this week to warn attendees of the potential negative impacts Bill 15 could have on accessing health services in English. “This act is centralizing under one body, under control of the bureaucracy,” she explained. “They know nothing about the […]

Quebec’s English health-care network could lose autonomy under Bill 15, critics warn

Quebec’s Bill 15 has been structured to create a centralized provincial agency that will oversee the public health-care system — using a top-to-bottom approach many critics suggest constitutes a recipe for disaster. Elizabeth Zogalis reports, with video, on a Town Hall at Dawson College where Eva Ludvig, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), […]

Bloc MP spreading misinformation about Quebec anglophones: QCGN

Bloc Québécois MP Mario Beaulieu is spreading misinformation about the province’s Anglophones, the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) responds to the former president of the nationalist Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Montréal. Beaulieu says he has concluded that federal official-languages policy is “financing the anglicization of Quebec.” Federal support for the vitality of the English-speaking community of […]

Minister Rodriguez accuses the Bloc of “attacking the English-speaking community”

Identical stories in the Journal de Montreal and on the TVA Nouvelles website, two Quebecor media arms, continue their coverage of this week’s assertions by Bloc Québécois MP Mario Beaulieu. Reporter Raphaël Pirro leaves it to the end to tuck in a capsule of the response from the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN). He quotes […]

QCGN Statement on Bloc Québécois report on federal funding for Quebec’s English-speaking minority

Montreal – November 27, 2023 – The Quebec Community Groups Network takes issue with a report released this morning by Bloc Québécois MP Mario Beaulieu in which he condemns legitimate federal support for the vitality of our minority-language community as nothing more than support for the anglicization of Quebec. It is a false equivalency. Support […]

Bill 15 will be ‘the CAQ government’s Waterloo,’ town hall told

More than 150 individuals pack a town hall at Dawson College last night to express grave concerns about the potential impact of Bill 15. This sweeping proposed overhaul of the Quebec medical system would create a single, all-powerful Santé Québec to govern and operate health care throughout the province. “Command and control by a government […]

Quebec’s proposed health reform would complicate access for English speakers: petition

Concerns grow that Quebec’s sprawling new proposed health-care reform under Bill 15 will leave English speakers in the dust, jeopardizing access programs that guarantee adequate health and social services in English. CTV News reports on a petition (linked below) bringing forward fears that those living in regions without many English speakers would slip through the […]

Ottawa has paid billions for English in Quebec

Deep into its coverage regarding the Bloc Québécois targeting of federal funding for the English-speaking community of Quebec – and after quoting an assertion by Parti Québécois Leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon that it is “as inconceivable as it is unacceptable that our taxes are used to finance our own assimilation so openly and clearly” – […]

Roberge is confident of obtaining funding for francization

Quebec French Language Minister Jean-François Roberge expresses the hope that a portion of the $4.1 billion from the federal Action Plan on Official Languages be allocated to francization. This reiterates a request he issued last spring. Such a move would set a precedent. Ottawa officials confirm they are open to discuss this subject with Quebec, […]

Official languages: billions from the federal government for English in Quebec for over 20 years

Pascal Vachon of #ONfr summarizes many of the talking points of the freshly launched Bloc Québécois campaign to undercut federal funding that assists Quebec’s English-speaking community. The story cites the QCGN statement contesting the foundation of MP Mario Beaulieu’s approach, including his ”completely erroneous” assertion that federal funding is being used to anglicize Quebec. Read […]

Bill 15 petition against Quebec’s healthcare revamp

QCGN Director General Sylvia Martin-Laforge explains how Bill 15 could jeopardize access to health services in English. She speaks with Global Montreal’s Laura Casella. Watch here

OPINION: QCGN demands health reform rethink

Under the proposed Bill 15 to dramatically overhaul governance and management of the Quebec health and social service system, all 30 heads of regional authorities would report directly to Santé Québec, notes an analysis by the Quebec Community Groups Network published in the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph. Read more

Quebec Community Groups Network calls for action against Bill 15

“A sense of urgency” exists, given that Bill 15 may be rushed through the National Assembly, writes the Sherbrooke Record in its coverage of the mobilization effort under way by the Quebec Community Groups Network. Read more

Opinion: Join the growing chorus against Quebec’s health-care revamp

Bill 15 will hurt patients, researchers, communities, and more, writes Eva Ludvig, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network. “This legislation is focused on structure and governance and will do nothing to address the crises in our emergency rooms, delays in surgeries, the lack of family doctors, or other major and urgent shortcomings of our […]