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QCGN supports APPELE-Québec GoFundMe Campaign to Support Legal Challenge Against Bill 40

Our community has the Constitutional right to manage and control our schools. The Coalition Avenir Québec government has taken this right away from our English-speaking community – and together we must fight to take back this fundamental right. All nine of our English school boards along with the Quebec English School Boards Association have launched a legal challenge to quash Bill 40. This controversial legislation abolishes our democratically elected school boards and transforms them into government-controlled service centres. Our legal action declares that this upheaval of our education system contravenes our linguistic minority community’s right to manage and control our school system. This foundational right, under Section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, guarantees education in one of Canada’s two official languages. It is an essential element of linguistic duality, a cornerstone of our national identity. It took French parents in British Columbia five years to win another case that solidified minority-language education rights. Just like our West Coast counterparts, we are in this for the long haul. This is bound to be a long and costly fight. Please consider making a contribution to the Go Fund Me campaign to support this legal action to defend the Constitutional rights of Quebec’s English-speaking community and advance the minority-language rights of all Canadians. Any donation, big or small, is appreciated – but most importantly a large number of donors will unequivocally demonstrate to our governments that we believe in our rights and we will fight to protect them. Please contribute what you can and help us get the news out by sharing this appeal extensively throughout your networks.

https://ca.gofundme.com/f/quebec-bill-40-court-challenge

Opinion: Time for CAQ government to stop seeing anglos as a problem

Rather than picking fights with our community, we urge the Legault government to alter course, work with us, and cease defining us as a problem, writes QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers in this opinion piece for The Gazette. Chambers argues that today’s English-speaking community is invested in Quebec. We have encouraged and enabled our children to develop French-language skills. We accept and celebrate the predominance of French as the linguistic and cultural norm here. We don’t see ourselves, our language, or our culture as something bad that must be suppressed. Our community’s bilingualism is an asset to be celebrated — as multilingualism is applauded in any European country. Read more

Clear linguistic divide on secularism revealed in Quebec: Poll

English-speaking Quebecers and other linguistic minority groups would be more open than French-speaking Quebecers when it comes to religious minorities according to a new Léger poll. More broadly, it highlights the presence of a clear linguistic divide on issues relating to secularism.

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What Do Anglos Want this Election?

The stakes are high as Quebec’s first-ever televised English-language provincial leaders debate is coming up on September 17. Joanne and Elias are joined on the BT Panel by Harold Staviss, lawyer & language activist; Geoffrey Chambers, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network; and Christopher Curtis, reporter from the Montreal Gazette.

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Quebec Finance Minister to Meet with Anglophones Ahead of Next Budget

The Quebec government continues to reach out to anglophones. Quebec Finance minister Carlos Leitao will be meeting with them on Wednesday ahead of his next budget.

As part of consultations preparing for the budget, he’s holding a private meeting with several anglo groups at McGill University seeking feedback on how Quebec should spend money.

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Affichage trilingue – De l’espagnol à l’hôpital

Par Michaël Nguyen, Journal de Montréal


Après toutes les discussions sur la place du français et de l’anglais dans l’affichage, des patients de l’Hôtel-Dieu ont été étonnés de constater qu’une affiche les prévient maintenant du temps d’attente aléatoire au centre de prélèvement dans les trois langues, l’espagnol s’étant ajouté aux deux langues officielles.

« Il est clair que nous ne rendons pas service aux Québécois issus de l’immigration en ne leur demandant pas d’adopter la langue commune », a réagi par courriel le député péquiste Yves-François Blanchet, porte-parole de l’opposition officielle en matière d’immigration, communautés culturelles et langues.

 

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Affiche trilingue – De l’espagnol à l’hôpital

Par Michaël Nguyen, Journal de Montréal


Après toutes les discussions sur la place du français et de l’anglais dans l’affichage, des patients de l’Hôtel-Dieu ont été étonnés de constater qu’une affiche les prévient maintenant du temps d’attente aléatoire au centre de prélèvement dans les trois langues, l’espagnol s’étant ajouté aux deux langues officielles.

« Il est clair que nous ne rendons pas service aux Québécois issus de l’immigration en ne leur demandant pas d’adopter la langue commune », a réagi par courriel le député péquiste Yves-François Blanchet, porte-parole de l’opposition officielle en matière d’immigration, communautés culturelles et langues.

 

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Anglophones aren’t on board yet: François Legault’s political history makes some non-francophones twitch

BY PHILIP AUTHIER, THE GAZETTE OCTOBER 17, 2011

Anglos, anglos, where are the anglophones?

For a movement that fancies itself inclusive and sells an idea that should be popular among federalists – shelving all talk of referendums or constitutional reform – the coalition has a dearth of non-francophones in its ranks, which now number about 5,000.

Beyond business tycoon and coalition co-founder Charles Sirois, who has links to the provincial Liberals, not been many federalists have come forward to get involved in this coalition.

He has yet to meet the Quebec Community Groups Network, an umbrella group for 32 English-language community groups across Quebec, but network spokesperson Rita Legault (no relation) said there have been discussions about having one.

 

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Electoral system makes it hard for anglos to be heard

By Sam Allison, Special to The Gazette, April 30, 2011

MONTREAL – A good deal of ink has been spilled on Canada’s inability to form a national government. Most commentators assume that Canadians are divided, and that the election results reflect those divisions. Curiously, few seem to have noticed that Canada’s electoral system is partly responsible for our inability to form majority governments. Federal ridings are partly based on the provinces, rather than upon the demographic patterns of the nation.

Quebec is the big winner in this system of division. It has 75 out of 308 federal seats. The province has 21 per cent of the Canadian population but 24 per cent of the seats in Parliament – important in a tied Parliament. In addition, within the province, the largest ridings are the English-speaking ones.

English Canada in general and English Quebec in particular punch below their electoral weights. In an Opinion piece in The Gazette April 28, Linda Leith wrote that “anglos must make themselves heard.” But how can this happen in a skewed electoral system designed to ensure that French Canada punches above its electoral weight?

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Élections fédérales 2011: Dans une lutte serrée, le vote des Anglophones compte

Mercredi, le 27 avril 2011 – À l’heure où les Québécois et Québécoises s’apprêtent à se rendre aux urnes dans quelques jours, le Quebec Community Groups Network se questionne à savoir quel parti, quels chefs et quels candidats représenteront le mieux les intérêts de la communauté d’expression anglaise du Québec à Ottawa.

«Le gouvernement du Canada a l’obligation, en vertu de la Loi sur les langues officielles de favoriser l’épanouissement de la communauté d’expression anglaise du Québec, soutenir nos communautés et contribuer à leur développement», a rappelé Linda Leith, présidente du QCGN. «Le gouvernement fédéral ne remplit pas son mandat et nous devrions demander à tous les candidats de cette élection d’expliquer l’absence de mesures concrètes».

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