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Pauline Marois inquiète les anglophones

Les News, Samuel-Philippe Dugré

Le resserrement de la loi 101 par la première ministre, Pauline Marois, préoccupe beaucoup la communauté anglophone.

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«J’ai de très bonnes raisons de croire qu’aucune partie de cette loi n’entrera en vigueur, parce que j’ose espérer que les libéraux et la CAQ vont s’y opposer». affirme quant à elle la directrice du Quebec Community Groups Network, Sylvia Martin-Laforge.

Les libéraux voteront effectivement contre cette loi.

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Quebec anglophone supporters protest proposed language laws

More than 200 people opposing proposed amendments to Quebec’s language laws held a protest in front of Premier Pauline Marois’ office in Montreal.

Many of the protesters said they are worried about the Parti Quebecois’ plan to strengthen Bill 101.

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Dan Lamoureux, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network, said the group has been fighting for anglophone rights for more than two decades and welcomes the presence of new anglophone support groups.

“I think… it’s a concern of the English-speaking community of being swallowed up or being non-existent in the future. I think it’s encouraging that other groups feel they need to voice their opinions,” he said.

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QCGN Brief on Bill 14

On February 11, the QCGN submitted its Brief to the National Assembly’s Committee on Culture and Education with regards to General consultation and public hearings on Bill 14: An Act to amend the Charter of the French language, the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms and other legislative provisionsBrief presented to the National Assembly’s Committee on Culture and Education with regards to General consultation and public hearings on Bill 14: An Act to amend the Charter of the French language, the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms and other legislative provisions.

Brief presented to the National Assembly’s Committee on Culture and Education on Bill 14

In a brief to the National Assembly’s Committee on Culture and Education’s General consultation and public hearings on Bill 14: An Act to amend the Charter of the French language, the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms and other legislative provisions the QCGN argued that more coercive measures will not promote or protect the French language.

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PQ to use social media to spread sovereignty message

CTV Montreal

The Parti Quebecois is dreaming big again about a sovereign Quebec — but this time the party’s message will also spread online.

“I’m asking you to speak to your families, and to your coworkers,” said Premier Pauline Marois at the PQ leadership convention in Drummondville this weekend.

Marois told some 400 PQ delegates from across the province the party’s new way to boost the sovereignty option will come in bytes: in tweets, on Facebook and on YouTube.

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Dan Lamoureux, president of the Quebec Community Group Network agrees, but said at least the PQ has made an effort to reach out to the Anglo community.

“The community, in the past government did not have one special minister responsible for English-speaking Quebecers, so it’s a new experience for the government, as for the Quebec Community Groups Network or any other English group,” he said, adding that the benefit of social media is that public money isn’t being used to promote the sovereigntist movement.

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Sylvia Martin-Laforge discusses concerns of the English-speaking community with Radio-Canada host Michel C. Auger regarding new Bill 14

Sylvia Martin-Laforge was interviewed by Michel C. Auger on Radio-Canada’s Pas de midi sans info show today to discuss concerns of the English-speaking community regarding  new Bill 14 tabled last week.
To listen to the interview, select the third part of the show at:

 

Sylvia Martin-Laforge interviewed on CIBL Montreal (101,5 FM)

Sylvia Martin-Laforge, Director General of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) reacts to Bill 14 and comments on impacts it would have on the English-speaking communities across Quebec in an interview she gave to CIBL Montreal (101.5) earlier today.

Listen here: http://www.cibl1015.com/nouvelles/-/pub/9HcT/content/2284580-la-nouvelle-charte-de-la-langue-francaise-fait-reagir-les-anglophones?redirect=%2F

Point chaud – Réforme de la loi 101 : «Ça va s’arrêter quand?»

Le Quebec Community Groups Network déplore une attaque injustifiée

Le Devoir, Guillaume Bourgault-Côté

Au téléphone, le ton de Sylvia Martin-Laforge est posé, mais les critiques sévères. Parce que le projet de loi 14 alimente, selon la directrice générale du QCGN, l’impression que le gouvernement « veut éliminer le plus possible la présence de l’anglais » au Québec, qu’il s’appuie sur une fausse prémisse voulant que le français recule (« quand on regarde les chiffres de Statistique Canada et de l’Office québécois de la langue française, on voit qu’il n’y a pas de déclin du français, juste une présence plus grande du bilinguisme ») et qu’il propose tout sauf de la « cohésion sociale ».

Par exemple ? La disposition donnant au gouvernement le pouvoir de retirer le statut bilingue dont profitent une centaine de municipalités et d’organismes municipaux depuis l’adoption de la Charte en 1977. Ce statut leur permet un usage limité de l’anglais, le français demeurant obligatoire et prédominant. Or, ce privilège pourrait être aboli si la population anglophone de la municipalité passe sous la barre des 50 % (comme c’est le cas à Kirkland, notamment), indique le projet de loi péquiste déposé mercredi dernier.

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New Quebec language bill would allow province to strip anglos of access to services in English

Sun News

MONTREAL — Quebec’s new language bill would make it easier to strip thousands of anglophone Quebecers of their access to English-language municipal services.

Bill 14, if passed, would force the Quebec government to evaluate all of Quebec’s 90 official bilingual municipalities and remove the special designation if “it considers it appropriate in light of all the circumstances.”

The bill allows the government to remove bilingual status from a municipality if, according to the federal census, less than 50% of the town’s citizens claim to have English as their mother tongue.

Bilingual cities offer their anglophone citizens the right to access services, such as tax bills, newsletters and other official city documents, in English. A city without such a status can only communicate with its citizens in French.

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Previous provincial governments have looked the other way, since removing the bilingual status of a city is a delicate issue, said Dan Lamoureux, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network, an umbrella organization for 41 anglophone groups in the province.

“Before this government, no one wanted to touch this law with a 10-foot pole!” he said.

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Des services municipaux en anglais dans la mire

Agence QMI

MONTRÉAL – Des milliers d’anglophones du Québec pourraient ne plus avoir accès à des services offerts par leur municipalité dans leur langue, en raison de la nouvelle loi modifiant la Charte de la langue française.

Si le projet de loi 14 est adopté, le gouvernement du Québec devra en effet réévaluer le statut linguistique bilingue qui est accordé à 90 municipalités et retirer cette désignation spéciale, si «cela est considéré comme approprié dans les circonstances».

Le projet de loi accorde au gouvernement le pouvoir de retirer le statut bilingue d’une municipalité si, selon le dernier recensement fédéral, moins de 50% des citoyens de la municipalité ont fait savoir qu’ils avaient l’anglais comme langue maternelle.

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