Community leaders demand major changes to Bill 10

Montreal – November 17, 2014 – 

Dozens of community and institutional leaders gathered Monday morning to demand significant changes to Bill 10.

More than three dozen groups, including some regional associations that viewed the press conference live online, supported the brief presented by the Quebec Community Groups Network to the National Assembly’s Committee on Health and Social Services on October 30. More groups, including school boards and community associations, joined together to support a community decrying the proposed legislation.

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Quebec unions ask that Bill 10 be scrapped

By Caroline Plante, Global News

The last day of Bill 10 hearings began with unions prescribing drugs for Health Minister Gaétan Barrette.

About 25 protesters stood outside the National Assembly shaking fake bottles of pills early Thursday morning.

“His reform plans are botched,” said CSQ President Louise Chabot.

“He’s going way too fast.”

Since October, more than 50 groups have told the minister they’re worried about mergers to save costs.

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Social media used to highlight ‘side effects’ of Quebec’s Bill 10

By Karen Macdonald, Global News

he Quebec Community Groups Network has launched a Facebook page in protest over Bill 10, the Quebec government’s planned reform of the healthcare system.

The page warns the bill is proposing to apply “shock therapy to our health and social service system.”

It goes on to ask Health Minister Gaetan Barrette, himself a physician, to consider all “possible side effects of this course of treatment before moving boldly ahead.”

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Editorial: Stand up and be counted in school board vote

The Gazette Editorial

For the first time in seven years, Quebecers will have the chance Sunday, Nov. 2, to vote in school board elections. But if they don’t show up at the polls in great enough numbers, this could be their last.

The Quebec government has indicated the turnout in these elections will be a litmus test of how strongly people care about school boards. If voters don’t bother to cast ballots, this could result in their merger or even abolition, Education Minister Yves Bolduc has suggested.

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Hôpitaux anglophones: Barrette rassure

Le Devoir

« Vous ne pouvez avoir une meilleure écoute qu’aujourd’hui », a répondu le ministre de la Santé et des Services sociaux Gaétan Barrette aux leaders de la communauté anglophone venus lui faire part de leur inquiétude en lien avec la réforme du réseau de la santé. Ils craignent de perdre le contrôle de leurs hôpitaux. Gaétan Barrette, qui se dit ouvert aux suggestions, rappelle qu’aucun hôpital anglophone ne fermera ou perdra son caractère bilingue. Le député du Parti québécois Jean-François Lisé, lors de cette audition du Quebec Community Groups Network, a affirmé que de proposer un projet de loi qui vient causer du tort à une communauté minoritaire qui vit à travers ses institutions est une erreur.

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The PQ’s Jean-François Lisée stands up for anglos against Bill 10


The Quebec Community Groups Network found an unlikely champion in Jean-Francois Lisée when the group stood up to denounce Bill 10 at the National Assembly today.

Bill 10 would essentially eliminate a layer of the health care bureaucracy, and members of the QCGN, an umbrella group for anglophone community organizations across the province, told health minister Gaetan Barrette on Thursday that the new legislation would be catastrophic for their health institutions.

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QCGN presents its brief on Bill 10

Montreal – October 30, 2014 – 

The government must find a way to ensure that Quebec’s English-speaking communities continue to have some degree of control and management over the institutions that it built and has supported for generations. It must also ensure that institutions designated to provide bilingual services are not abolished by the provincial government’s sweeping health care reforms.

Those were among the messages the Quebec Community Groups Network and its partners and stakeholders delivered to Health Minister Gaétan Barrette during public hearings on Bill 10 at the National Assembly in Quebec City.

“The QCGN, our member organizations, and the many partners we have consulted over the past few weeks are profoundly worried about how Bill 10 will impact our institutions and the vitality of our communities,” QCGN President Dan Lamoureux told the commission looking into the proposed legislation that would abolish regional health agencies and regroup some 185 health and social service institutions into 19 mega regional centers.

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Bill 10 ‘a catastrophe’ for English institutions, anglo group warns

By Peggy Curran, The Gazette

The future of hospitals such as St. Mary’s and the Jewish General in Montreal, Jeffrey Hale-Saint Brigid’s in Quebec City and Brome-Missisquoi-Perkins in the Eastern Townships — and the viability of the English-speaking communities that depend on them — will be at risk unless the Quebec government revamps its health reform legislation, warns a coalition of community groups.

 “Bill 10 would be a catastrophe for the 22 recognized and designated public institutions it dismantles,” the Quebec Community Groups Network says in a brief to be presented to the National Assembly committee studying legislation to modify Quebec’s health and social services network Thursday morning.

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Vent de colère chez les anglophones

By Amélie Daoust-Boisvert, Le Devoir

L’abolition de 22 des 23 établissements de santé anglophones du Québec qui découle du projet de loi 10 de Gaétan Barrette soulève l’ire de la communauté anglophone, déterminée à défendre ses institutions jusque devant les tribunaux.

Les hôpitaux anglophones ne fermeront pas, mais la communauté craint que la perte de leur gouvernance locale ne soit que la première étape vers leur marginalisation.

En entrevue éditoriale avec Le Devoir, « oui », affirment des leaders de la communauté, ils porteront leur cause devant les tribunaux en dernier recours. Pour l’heure, un vent de mobilisation se lève. Appels aux députés, pétitions, dénonciations sur la place publique, interpellation du premier ministre Philippe Couillard, tous les moyens seront mis en place, dit Sara Saber-Freedman. La présidente du conseil d’administration du Centre de réadaptation MAB-Mackay a travaillé 25 ans dans le réseau de la santé.

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Brief to La commission de la santé et des services sociaux de l’Assemblée nationale du Québec on Bill 10

In its presentation to the National Assembly committee studying Bill 10: an Act to modify the organization of the health and social services network, in particular by abolishing the regional agencies, the Quebec Community Groups Network presented detailed arguments on how the proposed legislation not only threatens the health and social service institutions of Quebec’s English-speaking community that are key to its ability to survive and thrive, it eliminates them.

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