Tag Archive for: Bill 96

Montreal woman says RAMQ hung up on her because she spoke English

“[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.

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Townshippers’ won’t plan protests against contentious language laws, president says

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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Man furious after Quebec-issued death certificate not accepted because it’s not in French

Under Bill 96, the family of a man who passed away 14 years ago is required to pay $100 for the death certificate to be officially translated into French. “There are so many elements in Bill 96 that are so invasive, so ridiculous, so unnecessary that we knew as time went on and things started being implemented that we would see the absurdity,” says QCGN President Eva Ludvig.

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Protecting … by removing protections?

Pontiac Journal editorial writer Fred Ryan asks, “Does C-13 actually modify Canada’s constitution — without going through the constitutional process of national consent?” He continues, “If the QCGN interpretation is accurate, then it seems, to a layman, that the federal Liberal government has allowed a serious end-run around constitutional guarantees by strengthening Quebec’s Bill 96.”

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Opinion: Renewed urgency in fight for anglo rights and respect

“Once in each generation, it seems, Quebec’s English-speaking community faces a period of intense stress and strain over language,” writes QCGN President Eva Ludvig in an op-ed for the Montreal Gazette. She lays out the challenges that lie ahead for Quebec’s English-speaking community, which include Bills 23, 15, 40, C-13, “[a]nd of course, the continued grinding implementation of Bill 96.”

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Robert Libman: Anglo community shows some backbone

Commentator Robert Libman takes note of the forceful pushback by the Quebec Community Groups Network, among many others, on the embedding of the Quebec Charter of the French Language –as buttressed by Bill 96 – in the new Official Languages Act under study at the Senate.

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Advocacy group implores Senate committee to ditch Bill 96 references in C-13

The Quebec Community Groups Network called on senators to work to remove the controversial references to Quebec’s Bill 101 within the federal Bill C-13 during their time before the senate committee studying the proposed language legislation on Monday. “We remain deeply concerned about the effects of Bill C-13 on the English-speaking community of Quebec and on the increased asymmetry with respect to Quebec in Canada’s federation,” said QCGN President Eva Ludvig.

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Want English services in Quebec? Prepare to attest in ‘good faith’ that you qualify

The incremental step taken last Thursday to further implement Bill 96  “creates … more confusion,” says Eva Ludvig, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN). 

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Montreal’s 311 has a new message for those who want English service

English-speaking Montrealers looking to use the city’s information line, 311, will now have to listen to a 40-second message detailing who has the right to receive services in English under the Charter of the French Language. “This is where we really start seeing the impact of Bill 96,” comments QCGN President Eva Ludvig.

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‘A concern for all of Quebec’

Among the measures in Bill 96 that went into effect yesterday is the requirement for businesses with between 5 and 49 employees to disclose how many of their workers cannot communicate in French. “It’s an incredible burden for businesses, usually mom and pop type businesses that will now have to jump through bureaucratic hoops,” says QCGN President Eva Ludvig.

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