“At a time when Quebec is dealing with economic uncertainty, this is a reminder that businesses will have to comply with additional measures bringing added costs,” says QCGN Director General Sylvia Martin-Laforge about the Quebec government’s recently-announced requirements for commercial signage in French.
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“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.
Eva Ludvig, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), says she hopes the Quebec health minister really is taking the community’s concerns seriously. But she isn’t entirely convinced. “You’ll forgive me if I’m being a little bit sceptical,” says Ludvig: “We’ve seen the impact of Bill 96 in spite of all the reassurances and we keep seeing it more and more. Our rights are being eroded.”
While Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) language-policy measures “in general, including the hurtful Bill 96, may be aimed at the Montreal region, they also bring collateral damage to the nearly 250,000 English-speaking Quebecers who live outside the metropolis,” states QCGN director general Sylvia Martin-Laforge.
There are several causes for concern for the English-speaking community as the new political season unfolds, writes QCGN President Eva Ludvig in an op-ed for the Montreal Gazette.
A young woman who requested to do her driver’s test in English was denied by a branch of the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec, with employees claiming that the test would be administered in French under Bill 96. “People are unsure of their rights and how to prove their rights and about the individual applications in these situations,” says QCGN President Eva Ludvig.
Under Bill 96, we can expect to see more incidents like that of Susan Starkey, who was hung up on by the RAMQ for asking to converse in English, says QCGN President Eva Ludvig.
“He made me feel like a second-class citizen.” West Island resident Susan Starkey speaks about her phone call with a RAMQ employee who, despite being bilingual, hung up on her after she asked to communicate in English. QCGN Director General Sylvia Martin-Laforge says that the passage of Bill 96 will lead to such egregious incidents.
“[François Legault] promised that health care services wouldn’t be impacted by Bill 96.” MNAs Gregory Kelley and Madwa-Nika Cadet voice their indignation over a 75-year-old West-Island woman being hung up on by the RAMQ due to her lack of knowledge of French. The QCGN voiced its discontent of the RAMQ’s conduct on Twitter.
The Townshippers’ Association will meet with elected officials to express its concerns about Bill 96, rather than organize protests about the language legislation, says Townshipppers’ President Don Warholtz. The approach taken by groups like the QCGN and the Task Force on Linguistic Policy “is a little bit different than us,” he adds.
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