Tag Archive for: Bill 96

What is the Difference Between a Common and Official Language?

At the House Committee on Official Languages’ meeting on Jan, 31, 2023, a Bloc Québécois motion to insert “French as the common language of Quebec” into Canada’s Official Languages Act (OLA) was defeated. A majority of MPs on the committee studying Bill C-13, which would amend the OLA were uncomfortable with the concept of a ‘common language’ being contained in Canadian legislation.

The QCGN does not support the use of the term “common language”, which was used in Bill 96 to unilaterally amend the Constitution Act, 1867.

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It Gets Personal: Impact of Language Laws

Former QCGN and Townshippers’ Association President Gerald Cutting provides a personal perspective on language politics in Quebec in a commentary for The Townships Sun.

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Hold hearings on Bill 96’s economic impact, anglo network tells Quebec

“It was a good meeting,” says QCGN Director General Sylvia Martin-Laforge of the pre-budget consultation with Quebec Finance Minister Eric Girard. The QCGN called for more equitable funding for English services, as well as for wide-ranging hearings to be held on the potential negative impacts that could be created by Bill 96.

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Opinion: More challenges ahead for English-speaking Quebecers in 2023

“No legislation, past or present, will damage our community more than Bill 96,” reads an op-ed by QCGN President Eva Ludvig: “Moving forward the QCGN strongly suggests that [Minister Eric] Girard and his government hold formal consultations on the regulations that implement Bill 96.”

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How Bill 96 will continue to impact English-speaking Québecers in 2023

How will Bill 96 affect the English-speaking community in 2023? “The law is being implemented in phases, and I think many of the bigger concerns are down the line,” says QCGN President Eva Ludvig.

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QCGN Members Strongly Endorse Battle Against Laws and Policies Eroding the Rights of English-speaking Quebecers

The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) emerged from its 27th Annual General meeting Thursday evening equipped with a strengthened advocacy mandate, as members pledged to continue battling provincial and federal legislation that erodes the rights of English- speaking Quebecers.

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Quebec notaries warn Bill 96 translation requirement creating 2-tier system

Notaries express concern over a measure included in Bill 96, which would require a French translation of notarized documents which had been drafted in English. The measure creates a two-tier system in which Anglophones “pay more, wait longer, [and] not have the equal services,” says QCGN interim President Eva Ludvig.

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Quebeckenaren kunnen door een nieuwe taalwet amper nog aan het Frans ontkomen

Bill 96 will make Quebec less attractive for outsiders looking to bring business to the province, says Sylvia Martin-Laforge, executive director of the QCGN. “The business community is not shouting its opposition from the rooftops,” she adds.

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Anglo community reacts to leaders’ language debate

QCGN interim President Eva Ludvig says that Quebec’s political leaders missed the mark when it came to discussing Bill 96 at the Leaders’ debate last Thursday. “All the various ways that this community is impacted by the law was not discussed at all,” she says.

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Sur la route des élections provinciales au Québec 2022

QCGN interim President Eva Ludvig remarks that years of linguistic peace have been put into question by Bill 96. “We thought this battle was behind us,” she says, pointing out that English-speaking Quebecers have accepted to live with Bill 101: “Now all of that is up in the air and we are worried.”

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