QCGN pleased with renewed support for English-speaking Quebecers

The Quebec Community Groups Network is pleased that in today’s provincial budget, the Coalition Avenir Québec government has invested more money in our community.

The QCGN hopes increased funding will help the Secretariat to fulfil its role better to serve as a conduit for our community to have full access to government ministries and agencies in order to counter unintended negative effects of government legislation, regulations and policies on Quebec’s English-speaking community

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Anglophone groups cautiously optimistic after Legault meeting

A network of anglophone groups that has been critical of the Coalition Avenir Québec government says it is cautiously optimistic after a “productive” and “encouraging” meeting with Premier François Legault Friday.

Legault was sworn in four months ago. It’s the earliest a new premier has met with the Quebec Community Groups Network, which represents 50 anglophone groups.

The premier “was well-briefed, he knew the files, he didn’t have to have the meeting so early,” QCGN president Geoffrey Chambers said afterward.

“What we could reasonably expect today is exactly what we got, so we’re quite pleased, (though) not without some reserve as to how it could go in the future.”

He was speaking to reporters after a 90-minute meeting between QCGN officials, Legault and Christopher Skeete, the premier’s parliamentary assistant for relations with English-speaking Quebecers.

Chambers said the CAQ government’s record on issues affecting anglophones has been “very mixed. There have been a number of positions and statements that have kind of shocked our community and worried people, but meetings like this are encouraging.”

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QCGN president worries about how new government could impact minorities

Geoffrey Chambers of the Quebec Community Groups Network joins senior anchor Jamie Orchard to discuss how CAQ policies, especially the banning of religious symbols, could have a negative impact on minority groups in the province.

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CAQ Misses the Mark with Scheme to Abolish School Boards

Montreal – January 19, 2018 – The Quebec Community Groups Network is shocked that the Coalition Avenir Québec is resurrecting a much-maligned plan to abolish school boards. We are disappointed that the CAQ would display such little knowledge or understanding of Quebec’s English-speaking community and the vast importance we place on the control and management of our minority language schools.

“Our schools are cornerstone institutions of our community, not simply institutions that provide services in English,” commented QCGN President James Shea. “Yes, the purpose of schools is to provide the best possible educational experience for our students. But our English schools have the added responsibility of preserving and promoting the unique culture of our linguistic minority community.”

“The Government of Quebec cannot unilaterally decide how our community exercises management and control of our school system,” he added. Our community made its position abundantly clear, he noted, when we fought the current government’s Bill 86: An Act to modify the organization and governance of school boards to give schools a greater say in decision-making and ensure parents’ presence within each school board’s decision-making body.

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QCGN Leaders Disappointed by CAQ’s Position on Bill 14

Montreal, March 8, 2013 – The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) and its members are disappointed that the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) and its leader François Legault have decided to support parts of Bill 14.  Specifically, we are concerned that they intend to support amendments to the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms that could weaken protections against linguistic discrimination by influencing how courts interpret the rest of the Charter.

“After careful examination of the bill with our members and community stakeholders it is the position of the QCGN that Bill 14 must be defeated in its entirety,” said QCGN President Dan Lamoureux, noting that the Liberal Party has indicated they will not support the Bill. That leaves the balance of power on this issue in the hands of the CAQ and its 19 Members of the National Assembly. “In order to ensure the bill is defeated it is essential that the CAQ, or at least some of their members, vote against it.”

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QCGN President interviewed on CBC regarding CAQ’s intentions towards Bill 14

QCGN President Dan Lamoureux reacted yesterday to the Coalition Avenir Québec’s leaked memo that mentioned that the party would oppose to most of Bill 14 provisions, but that it would possibly suggest changes to the bill. Lamoureux says that even though the CAQ is looking at proposing modifications to the bill, he maintains that Bill 14 should be defeated.