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“Too much stick, not enough carrot”: Panelists express concerns about Bill 96

The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) explored Bill 96 from all angles at a webinar on the evening of Jan. 20.

The wide-ranging, controversial legislation was first tabled in May 2021. Although it technically died on the order paper when Premier François Legault prorogued the National Assembly in October, the government has asserted its intention to pass it this year.

At the Jan. 20 panel, former senator Joan Fraser, former senator and journalist André Pratte, and independent journalist Christopher Curtis of The Rover, shared their reflections on the proposed legislation.

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QCGN Language Rights Webinar: André Pratte & Christopher Curtis

As opposition and concern grows over Bill 96, An Act respecting French, the official and common language of Québec, the QCGN continues its series of webinars helping Quebecers understand the implications of language legislation. In this webinar, former senator and journalist André Pratte and independent journalist Christopher Curtis will review the Bill’s progress through the public square and provide their insights on some the legislation’s more controversial elements. Former senator and journalist Joan Fraser hosts.

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Community Group Says Bill 96 Limits the Rights of Anglophones

In an open letter written by Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) to Premier Legault, QCGN states that the government definition of “English Eligible” is limiting and minority groups, under international norms, should define themselves. The current definition of English Eligible excludes between 300,000 and 500,000 English-speaking Quebecers, making the category far from inclusive and limiting the access to government services in English.

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Le monde des affaires sur ses gardes

Many continue to speak out against Quebec’s Bill 96, including businesspeople, community organizations, and politicians.

English-speaking Quebecers fear that the bill would further marginalize their community, and that other minority groups, such as immigrants and Indigenous peoples, will also be penalized by various measures in the bill, says Sylvia Martin-Laforge, the QCGN’s director general.

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Rear view on 2021: Renewed turbulence over language in Quebec

The year 2021 was marked by a revival of the debate over the state of the French language in Quebec. And it’s not over.

The anglophone community’s immediate concern is Bill 96, which the CAQ government wants to adopt before the October 2022 provincial election.

“At its very core, Bill 96 is an attempt to delegitimize our community,” Marlene Jennings, president of the QCGN, said in an end-of-the-year letter to her membership. “The bill denatures the Charter of the French Language, attempting to render it exclusionary and divisive.”

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Opposition Grows to Restrictive Definition of English-speaking Community

MONTREAL, December 16, 2021 – More than three dozen organizations are telling Premier François Legault that his restrictive definition of an historic English-language community is unfair and unacceptable.

These groups, from across Quebec and from multiple sectors including arts and culture, education and health and social services have endorsed a resolution opposing the Coalition Avenir Québec government’s plan to limit government services in English to what the premier defines as “historic anglophones” – only individuals eligible to attend school in English in Quebec.

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Quebec’s ‘historic anglo’ category sends wrong message about inclusion and self-identification

Rachel Watts writes: “As a Quebecer, and one with a unique perspective on this latest development, I’m of the view that labelling individuals “historic anglophones” based on schooling not only excludes anglophone newcomer families, as well as those who prefer to access services in English, but also puts Quebec identity on a continuum.”

An open letter released Oct. 29 by the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) — an advocacy organization representing Quebec’s English-speaking community blasted the premier’s decision to adopt the term “historic anglophone” citing the fact that the community should get full rights to participate in Quebec society in any way it sees fit.

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Opinion: English-speaking Quebecers caught in another language storm

In 2021, human rights and minority rights in Quebec took a sharp turn for the worse.

After years of relative calm, English-speaking Quebecers have been propelled into the middle of another language storm, centred on the Coalition Avenir Québec government’s overhaul of the Charter of the French Language (Bill 101).

When Bill 96 was introduced last spring, the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) undertook an exhaustive analysis of its impacts. We did not like what we saw : a fundamentally flawed bill that was described by former journalist and senator André Pratte as “Bill 101 on steroids.”

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Loi 96: 17 600$ pour se faire traiter de nazis

Author Frédéric Bastien criticizes Arthur Ayers, president of the Regional Association of West Quebecers, for speaking out against the Quebec government, and making comparisons to Nazi Germany during the QCGN’s hearings on Bill 96. “We are not Nazi Germany, but we have taken a step in this direction,” Ayers said during the hearing.

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What Quebec’s English-speaking community are saying about Bill 96

“Undemocratic,” “odious,” and “deeply problematic” – these are just a handful of the words some community groups used to describe Bill 96 during the hearings that wrapped up at the National Assembly recently.

Unsurprisingly, the harshest criticisms came from the Quebec Community Groups Network, the group that represents a broad coalition of English-speaking groups in the province. The QCGN organized a parallel public consultation process with minority groups who were not invited to the National Assembly hearings.

“Bill 96 proposes the most extensive overhaul of Quebec’s legal order since the Quiet Revolution,” declared QCGN president Marlene Jennings. It proposes to upend 40 years of human rights protection. It would have a significant impact on the relationship between Quebec and Canada, the lives of all Quebecers, and the type of society we wish to build together.”

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