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Opinion: There is a glimmer of hope for 2024 despite Quebec’s divisive government

“In the thick of contentious issues, we are finding and expressing common cause with Quebecers who share our concerns about a crumbling health and social services network and an education system under immense stress,” writes QCGN President Eva Ludvig in an op-ed in The Montreal Gazette.

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How will Bill 15 affect Quebec patients in 2024?

The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) has expressed concern over how Bill 15 will impact services in English in bilingual health institutions. “It’s very top down and creates bureaucracy that controls the health institutions in the whole health-care system, and removes much of the autonomy of the institutions,” says QCGN President Eva Ludvig. 

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Bill 15 adopted

Despite a petition calling for the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government to hold off on Bill 15, the CAQ invoked closure on the legislation last week. The Quebec Community Groups Network is concerned that this massive piece of legislation will “upend Quebec’s health and social-services network.

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Rushed health bill will need fixes, critics say

Both the Quebec Community Groups Network and the McGill University Health Centre are concerned that the power to be given to Santé Québec – the province’s proposed centralized health agency – through Bill 15 will put English-language minority rights at risk.

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QCGN Statement on Bill 15 and Closure 

Montreal – December 8, 2023 – As predicted, the Legault government is imposing closure to ram through its massive, complex Bill 15 that will upend Quebec’s health- and social-services network.

In so doing, the Coalition Avenir Québec government is thumbing its nose at the thousands of Quebecers who have raised significant concerns about this ill-thought-out bill. This includes the 6,400 who signed our petition demanding more consultation; six former premiers who publicly denounced it; as well as unions, health professionals and many, many others.

The Parti Québécois’s self-righteous stance in opposing an offer of four more days of National Assembly committee discussion of the bill did nothing to help. Those four more days could have been useful in uncovering yet more weaknesses in this terribly flawed bill.

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Could right to English services be lost under Quebec’s new health care reform?

The proposed amendment to Bill 15 aims to equip Santé Québec – the proposed provincial health agency that would be established under this legislation – with the power to strip health institutions of their bilingual status if the agency believes it to be unnecessary. Critics of this proposed amendment, the Quebec Community Groups Network among them, have expressed concern over a government agency having this power.

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Critics warn Bill 15 will mean no health care in English

Robert Bussière, the MNA representing Gatineau for the Coalition Alliance Québec (CAQ), says anyone who lives in Quebec before the government adopts Bill 15 will have their rights to health care service in English grandfathered in under the new Bill 15 regime. But he isn’t so sure regarding anyone who moves to the province after his government passes the sweeping health-care overhaul. Health care watchdogs in the Gatineau region say they aren’t convinced the CAQ will protect them. Eva Ludvig, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), accuses the government of rushing Bill 15 through and says the latest amendment – now apparently in suspension – contributes to a “very nasty pattern” displayed by the government of Premier François Legault.

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IS THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING COMMUNITY BEING USED AS A POLITICAL ACCESSORY IN QUEBEC?

Of late, notably regarding the tuition targeting of Quebec’s three English universities, suggests CJAD radio host Elias Makos, more voices in francophone media have started “coming to the defence of Anglos.” Eva Ludvig, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), welcomes signs of this apparent turn: “It’s been a long time coming.” She emphatically agrees with a weekend column in La Presse by Michel C. Auger, “that the Legault government has been using our community as a political football, on all fronts.” Indeed, with Bill 15 as the latest example, the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government wages wedge politics – using the English-speaking community as its tool, she specifies – “to create diversion. And division.”

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Petition against Quebec’s Bill 15 garners 6,400 signatures, will be presented at National Assembly

Critics of Bill 15, including the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), argue that the far-reaching legislation – on which the National Assembly may hold its final vote as soon as this week – would limit access to health care in English and jeopardize the status of bilingual institutions. A surprise amendment last week to the bill, subsequently placed on the back burner by the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government, would confer on freshly formed Santé Québec the power to revoke English services in institutions in areas where the English-speaking community has been reduced to below 50 per cent.

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WILL A PETITION AGAINST BILL 15 MAKE A DIFFERENCE AT THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY?

The purpose of the Bill 15 petition submitted to the National Assembly is to urge legislators to “listen to the community, to take a step back, to do a proper consultation so that we understand how Bill 15 could potentially impact Quebecers, and of course specifically Anglophones in the province of Quebec,” Jennifer Maccarone, Liberal MNA for Westmount–Saint-Louis, tells CJAD. She sponsored placement of the petition, brought forward by the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), on the National Assembly’s website.

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