Tag Archive for: Bill 96

Quebec will proceed with French signage regulations, delays rules on appliances

The Quebec government is proceeding with its new rules for French predominance on commercial signage, with a deadline for businesses to meet this new requirement by June 2025. However, the new rules concerning French on appliances have been stayed due to manufacturing issues. “As government agencies and a host of media studies have shown in recent months, the most important way to protect the French language does not lie in new tangled sign laws that will produce more problems than they will solve,” says QCGN president Eva Ludvig.

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Quebecers responsibility to protect French does not require repression of English

“The draconian measures contained in Bill 96 haven’t changed anything, weren’t necessary, and missed the target,” Eva Ludvig, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), writes in a commentary published by The Suburban: “It was heartening to see the degree to which the speakers (at a recent multi-partner conference) shared the QCGN view that ALL Quebecers, regardless of mother tongue or origin, have a responsibility to preserve, protect, and promote the French language – and that doing so does not require the repression of English, which will always be a part of Quebec society as it has been for more than 300 years.”

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OPINION: All Quebecers have a responsibility to preserve, protect and promote French

English-speaking Quebecers have a vested interest in the preservation of Quebec’s identity – something that cannot be achieved through coercive measures, writes QCGN President Eva Ludvig in an op-ed in the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph.

Is French on the decline in Quebec?

It appears the rationale for Bill 96 as framed by the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government was based on something other than facts, Eva Ludvig, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), suggests to Global News. This follows the release of a report by the Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF) concluding French usage in the province has remained stable since 2007. 

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Minority groups in Quebec should be concerned after Bill 21 ruling, says anglo group

“All minorities should be worried about the ruling” on Bill 21 released Thursday afternoon by the Quebec Court of Appeal, Sylvia Martin-Laforge, director general of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), tells CTV. She adds that the ruling sets a dangerous precedent: “It means that the government can pass any bill, like Bill 96, that ignores our fundamental human rights without fear that the courts can overturn them.”

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Quebec’s ‘simplified’ French-first sign laws will add layers of requirements

“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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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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Bill 15 is not a threat to English hospital services, health minister says

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.”

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QCGN denounces CAQ’s ‘kneecapping’ tuition fee hikes

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.

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Opinion: For Quebec anglos, vigilance is on the agenda

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.

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