Tag Archive for: Canadian Heritage

Faut pas croire tout ce qu’on dit – Interview with Sylvia Martin-Laforge

“Si on veut avoir des services en anglais, il faut faire attention.”

On Saturday January 7, QCGN Director General Sylvia Martin-Laforge was among five speakers on the Radio-Canada radio show called “Faut pas croire tout ce qu’on dit” with host Michel Lacombe. This show adressed the results of a Canadian Heritage survey which was first commented by journalist Philippe Orfali in Le Devoir (click here for the article).

Listen to Sylvia Martin-Laforge’s interview:

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Two solitudes, two statements (FR)

“L’avenir du bilinguisme au Canada est, pour l’essentiel, une affaire de francophones. Si les trois quarts d’entre eux jugent cette langue menacée, à peine le tiers de leurs voisins anglos partagent cet avis, révèle un sondage commandé par Ottawa à la veille du 150e anniversaire du pays.”

Bilingualism’s future in Canada might only be a Francophones issue according to a survey by Canadian Heritage. In this article from le Devoir, Philippe Orfali comments on the “two solitudes” argument which seems to be validated by low results from English-speaking citizens about the state of French language in Canada. Such results might be suprising, but not shocking, comments Linda Cardinal from the Chaire de recherche sur la Francophonie.

QCGN Director General, Sylvia Martin-Laforge, commented that more contact between the solitudes might change English-speaking Canadians’ vision of linguistic minorities and their precarious state. On the other hand, Maxime Laporte, president of Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste praised the awareness campaign about linguistic issues, especially for the future of French language in Canada.

Read the full article in Le Devoir

QCGN Advocates for More Flexible Regulations for Provision of Federal Minority Language Services

Montreal, November 17, 2016 – The Quebec Community Groups Network is pleased with today’s announcement by Treasury Board President Scott Brison and Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly that the government will undertake a review of the regulations pertaining to the Official Languages Act which deal with communicating to the public.

“It is particularly appropriate that representatives from Canada’s official language minority communities have been invited to today’s announcement, demonstrating the intimate links that exist between all parts of the Official Languages Act, which aims to ensure respect for English and French as the official languages of Canada, and support the development of our nation’s English and French linguistic minority communities,” commented QCGN President James Shea, who was on hand for the announcement.

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QCGN congratulates Shelly Glover new Minister for Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

Community also looks forward to working with Quebec Lieutenant Denis Lebel

MONTREAL, June 15, 2013 – 

The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) offers its wholehearted congratulations to Shelly Glover on her appointment today as Canada’s Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. We also congratulate her colleague Denis Lebel for his promotion to Quebec Lieutenant for the Conservative government.

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