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Minority language groups band together to demand language act revamp

The QCGN, the Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario and the Société de l’Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick are teaming up to demand parties involved in the Oct. 21 federal election commit to strengthening the Official Languages Act by imposing stiffer sanctions on offenders.  “There’s a high degree of consensus on what should be done with the act. We would like that consensus converted into an undertaking by the parties in the election, and then an actual adoption of measures in the new parliament,” Geoffrey Chambers, president of the QCGN, told the Montreal Gazette in an editorial board interview on Thursday.

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Official languages: the necessary redesign

The Quebec Community Groups Network, and the Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario met with the editorial board of Le Droit. This united front emphasizes the importance of modernizing the Official Languages Act for official minority language communities.

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Francophones Outside Quebec: An Absurd Common Front

The situation of Francophones outside Quebec and English-speaking Quebecers cannot be compared argues Robert Dutrisac in an opinion piece forLe Devoir. Dutrisac was commenting on a memorandum of understanding between the Quebec Community Groups Network, l’Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) and the Société de l’Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick (SANB).

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The Illusion of Symmetry Between Linguistic Minorities in Canada

Commenting on a partnership agreement between the Quebec Community Groups Network, l’Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario and the Société de l’Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick Political scientists Rémi Léger, Linda Cardinal et Michel Doucet argued that symmetry between French and English minority communities is illusionary. They argue some communities are more of a minority that others.

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QCGN Teams up on Minority Language Issues

Speaking with Paul Karwatsky of CTV Montreal, QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers discusses a cooperation agreement with Francophone communities in New Brunswick and Ontario. The three organizations pledge to work together to promote and protect the rights of official linguistic minority communities.

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Rapprochement between Franco-Ontarians and Acadians with Quebec Anglos creates controversy

The agreement signed between the Quebec Community Groups Network, la Société de l’Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick and the Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario led to some heated social media exchanges. Many questioned the need and effectiveness of such an agreement.

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A Risky Agreement

Le Droit columnist Denis Gratton remains cautious on the agreement signed by QCGN, La Société de l’Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick and the Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario. Although he applauds the organizations for standing in solidarity, he expresses concern this could lead to many French-speakers in Quebec feeling alienated from the rest of the Francophonie.

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Francophone groups outside Quebec support EMSB’s fight to keep schools

In the wake of the government’s decision to transfer two English schools to the French schooling system, minority French-speaking groups outside of Quebec are standing in solidarity with Quebec’s English-speaking minority community.

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Minority communities want official languages to be an election issue

Organizations which represent the three largest official language minority communities in the country want their issues to be at the forefront during the upcoming federal elections. For the first time, the Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO), the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), and the Société de l’Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick (SANB) have signed an agreement to work together.

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Franco-Ontarians and Acadians form a coalition with Quebec Anglos

OTTAWA – The Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO), and the Société de l’Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick (SANB) have signed an agreement with the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) to work together for the “progress and the protection of linguistic rights”. Considering that “an attack against one of our communities is an attack against all of us”, according to Geoffrey Chambers, president of the QCGN, the three organizations have signed a renewable one-year agreement to discuss common actions.

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