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Liberals face mounting expectations from Anglo groups, universities

CBC News

Quebec’s new government is already facing a long list of demands from community groups, universities and provincial institutions, just two days after the election. 

The newly-elected members of the National Assembly met yesterday for the first time, marking the beginning of the first session of the 41st legislature.

Now expectations are mounting for Premier-delegate Philippe Couillard and what his majority Liberal government will accomplish.

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‘Put on your pants, go vote’

The Low Down to Hull & Back News

As evidenced by the recent scandal in Montreal where out-of-province students were claiming Quebec long-term residency so they could vote, it is clear that young people can make an impact in Quebec elections. In 2012, voters aged 18 to 35 turned out with a 22 per cent voter increase for the election, according to Sylvia Martin-Laforge, director general of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN).

A new campaign launched by the QCGN and the Directeur général des élections du Québec (DGEQ) called “Vote it Up” aims to encourage these Anglophone voters to throw some pants and get out the door to go vote on April 7. The campaign video shows a young man in his Montreal apartment having trouble making decisions in the morning and he ends up walking out the front door without pants on.

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Anglophones need a clear voice in the Quebec bureaucracy

By QCGN President Dan Lamoureux, The Gazette

Although the English language is flourishing in North America, English-speaking communities are in decline as a percentage of Quebec’s total population. While Quebec’s population has increased by 30 per cent since 1971, the English-speaking component has grown by a mere 6.7 per cent. In view of this decline, what should the government of Quebec do to address the needs and challenges of its English-speaking minority?

There is clear evidence within the health and education sectors that formal advisory bodies, representing English-speaking people, to the government have played an important role in helping shape policy that has improved access to English-language services. No one would argue that government policy and programs in support of aboriginal and multicultural communities are not critical to their development. Similar mechanisms could serve as models for policies and programs for English-speaking communities — whether in Montreal, the Outaouais, Eastern Townships, Gaspé or other regions — in such vital areas as employment, economic development, arts and culture, as well as youth and seniors.

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Charte: les opposants sur un pied d’alerte

By Marco Fortier, Le Devoir

Motivés par la sortie controversée de Janette Bertrand pour la charte de la laïcité, les opposants à ce projet phare du gouvernement Marois redoublent d’ardeur pour faire sortir le vote.

La charte de la laïcité, reléguée à l’arrière-plan au cours des dernières semaines, est redevenue un enjeu central du scrutin de lundi. Sans faire de bruit, les groupes opposés à la charte se mobilisent comme jamais auparavant pour motiver leurs membres à aller voter. Ce mot d’ordre risque de renforcer les appuis au Parti libéral du Québec (PLQ), indiquent nos sources, même si les opposants à la charte se gardent d’appuyer publiquement un parti. 

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