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Critics concerned with bill 101’s impact on business and English communities

Toronto Sun (QMI Agency), Brian Daly

MONTREAL – A beefed up Bill 101 would hurt Quebec’s English community and paralyze small businesses, critics tell QMI Agency.

The Parti Quebecois, citing the “anglicization of Montreal,” tabled a revised language law this week that would impose more French on subsidized day cares and companies with two to four dozen employees.

It’s actually a watered-down version of the PQ’s original proposal that would have barred adult francophones and immigrants from attending English community colleges.

But even in its scaled-back form, opposition parties have demanded amendments while Quebec’s main English-rights group is sounding the alarm.

Sylvia Martin-Laforge, Director General of the Quebec Community Groups Network, tells QMI that the new Bill 101 would hurt English schools.

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English CEGEPs breathe sigh of relief

The Gazette, Janet Bagnall

MONTREAL — There was good and bad news on the education front for the English community in the Parti Québécois’ new take on Bill 101. The best news for many in the anglophone community was that the government backed away from prohibiting any non-English-speaking students from attending English CÉGEPs.

“That is very good news,” said Gilbert Héroux, director-general of Vanier College. “That would have had a major impact.”

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These measures run counter to the spirit of generosity English Quebecers have the right to expect after Premier Pauline Marois described the anglophone community as a “richness” for the province, said Sylvia Martin-Laforge, director-general of the Quebec Community Groups Network. “Our potential renewal depends on keeping our institutions open and vital,” she said. “The English-speaking communities don’t agree with the premise that the French language is in great peril.”

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Accueil tiède pour la nouvelle loi 101

Le Devoir, Guillaume Bourgault-Côté

Ni tollé ni grnad enthousiasme: c’est plutôt tièdement que le projet de réforme de la loi 101 présenté par le gouvernment Marois a été accueilli mercredi. Dans le clan des relativement satisfaits, le Mouvement Québec français a salué ce “pas dans la bonne direction”, tout en le qualifiant “d’insuffisant pour assurer l’avenir du français au Québec”.

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Du côté anglophone
Les inquiétudes sont plus systématiques au Quebec Community Groups Network, où la directrice Sylvia Martin-Laforge soutient qu’un “cadre réglementaire plus stric n’est pas nécessaire” dans le contexte actuel.
Mais dans tous les cas, les organismes interrogés mercredi ont affirmé vouloir étudier plus en profondeur les propositions du gouvernement Marois. “Pour le moment, ce n’est pas évident de savoir ce que ça voudra dire concrètement”, dit Mme Martin-Laforge.

QCGN encourages English-speaking community to take hard look at Bill 14

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Montreal, December 5, 2012 – The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) is encouraging all of the institutions of the English-speaking community – whether they be in health and social services or education, as well as municipalities – to take a hard look at Bill 14 to ensure that provisions in the draft legislation does not erode acquired rights.

“Premier Pauline Marois has stated that the English-speaking community constitutes “une richesse” for Quebec and noted that the proposed modifications to the Charter of the French language were designed in such a way as to not impact the rights of our community,” said QCGN President Dan Lamoureux. “We think that is quite a balancing act and we will be examining the draft legislation and actively participating in the public consultations process to ensure the vitality of our institutions and our community will not be negatively impacted.”

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