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Analysis: Legault gets top marks from all sides amid COVID-19 crisis

QUEBEC — It is one of those ironies of politics that a leader can look at his or her best when things are at their worst. As the COVID-19 crisis rocks the planet, Premier François Legault finds himself in just that position. Suddenly even anglophones who did not vote for the Coalition Avenir Québec in the 2018 election — and disapprove of many of the government’s policies — think Legault is doing a good job leading the province through this sombre time.

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To Anglos, CAQ Government’s Deeds Speak Louder than its Words

By Geoffrey Chambers and Gerald Cutting, QCGN

Last fall, the government of Premier François Legault conducted a round of consultations with English-speaking Quebecers. A range of voices from across the English-speaking community laid out specific and very reasonable actions we need from his government. The process proved positive to the extent that it opened a dialogue. However, it was rushed and failed to build on, or to consider, previous strategic priority-setting work done by the community. Furthermore, the government is sending mixed messages when hosting a consultation while ignoring our fundamental disagreements with them on key policy initiatives that affect our vitality and our constitutional rights.

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Anglo lobby president accuses CAQ of ‘engineering’ defections

The Coalition Avenir Québec and the Secretariat for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers are contributing to internal strife with member organizations, said QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers.

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Legault denies wanting to destabilize anglo group

In the mist of an important internal crisis, the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) accused the CAQ government Monday of leading a “clandestine” campaign in an attempt to “destabilize” it.

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Anglo group accuses Quebec of working to “destabilize” it

Already troubled relations between the Legault government and Quebec’s English-speaking community turn much rockier, reports Martin Croteau of La Presse, as the Quebec Community Groups Network accuses the province of a clandestine destabilization campaign.

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Anglo community network defends itself after defections, blasts CAQ government

The Quebec Community Groups Network reached out directly to its rank and file on Monday to defend its track record advocating for anglophone interests after nine of its more than 50 member groups left the organization last week.

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Geoff Chambers: CAQ actually not doing that badly

QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers replies to Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier for Relations with English-Speaking Quebecers, Christopher Skeete’s rebuttal of Chambers’ criticism vis-à-vis the Coalition Avenir Québec government and the Secretariat. Listing the positive work the QCGN and the Secretariat for English-speaking Quebcers have done for the English-speaking community, Chambers highlights that there is much work that lies ahead. Listen to Christopher Skeete’s interview here.

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Quebec anglophone organization says province is ‘intruding on community rights’

Christopher Skeete, Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier for Relations with English-Speaking Quebecers, responds to criticism by QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers regarding the Secretariat for English-speaking Quebecers and the Coalition Avenir Québec’s attitude towards English school boards.

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English-speaking community groups rally to fight CAQ plan to close school boards

QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers cites Supreme Court ruling to define English-speaking community coalition’s determination to fight CAQ plan to eliminate province’s school boards. “The court,” said Chambers, “… ruled that minority language communities have the right to control and manage the educational facilities in which their children are taught both to ensure and enable that their language and culture can flourish.”

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Minority Language Education Rights: A Wave of Judicial Battles in the Offing

While a major legal challenge for Francophones in British Columbia makes it way to the Supreme Court, language conflicts are emerging in other parts of the country. In Quebec and Prince Edward Island, organizations are asserting their Constitutional rights to preserve their linguistic school boards. The Francophone school board in PEI is getting financial support from the federal Court Challenges Program.

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