The Coalition Avenir Québec government must consider the financial impacts that government legislation can have on all Quebecers, including linguistic minority communities, the Quebec Community Groups Network told provincial Finance Minister Eric Girard last week.
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In her review of the Coalition Avenir Québec government’s treatment of English-language universities, columnist Toula Drimonis quotes an earlier message from QCGN President Eva Ludvig: “If a government were trying to devise a plan to starve Quebec’s English-language universities out of existence, it would look a lot like this.”
Amid public cries for the university tuition hikes for out-of-province students to be scrapped, the Coalition Avenir Québec government is proposing additional measures to protect French – cutting tuition costs for francophone students from France, Belgium and Switzerland, and requiring 80 per cent of graduates from English-language universities to have an intermediate-level knowledge of French upon graduating. “If a government were trying to devise a plan to starve Quebec’s English-language universities out of existence, it would look a lot like this,” says Eva Ludvig, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network.
By doubling the tuition cost for out-of-province students, the Coalition Avenir Québec government has demonstrated its belief that “the most effective way to support French is to curtail English and English-language institutions to the greatest extent possible,” says QCGN Director General Sylvia Martin-Laforge in a statement.
It is more important than ever before for English-speaking Quebecers to get out and vote in the upcoming provincial election, says Eva Ludvig, interim president of the QCGN. Though some in the English-speaking community may be feeling discouraged after four years of “assault” from the Coalition Avenir Québec government, Ludvig continues: “There are about 40 ridings where there are a significant portion of English speakers and they do make a difference.”
Columnist Emilie Nicolas suggests that groups and individuals opposing Bill 96, including the QCGN, form a coalition to counter the Coalition Avenir Québec’s brand of Quebec nationalism. “For a counter-narrative to emerge, more unity, and stronger coalition-building is necessary,” she writes.
MONTREAL, April 14, 2022 – English-speaking Quebecers are deeply disappointed that the Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ) government has refused to correct an ill-advised measure in Bill 96 that would impact the educational success of our youth.
Increasingly over the past few months, English-speaking Quebecers have been witnessing alarming signals.
Less than two months ago, the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government gutted the provincial committee responsible for advising the government on the delivery of health and social services to English-speaking Quebecers. It now seeks to replace the ousted members, presumably with others who may be more compliant. This has left in limbo regional access programs that list which services are available in English in any given region.
Without consulting our community, the CAQ cabinet last week appointed a new assistant deputy minister responsible for the English-language educational network as well as intercultural and Indigenous relations, the most senior bureaucrat responsible for services to English-speaking Quebecers. The candidate selected is a career civil servant with no evident knowledge of or experience in our English-language education network. Meanwhile, the Minister of Higher Education quashed a badly needed expansion of the campus of an overcrowded Dawson College.
The English education community is hopping mad that the Coalition Avenir Québec government has named a new assistant deputy minister responsible for the anglophone system without consulting it.
It’s the second time in two months the government has ruffled the feathers of the English-speaking community.
Earlier in January, the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) denounced the government’s decision to restructure the provincial access committee that for decades has been monitoring where, when and how health and social services are delivered to English-speakers across the province.
Francophones and non-francophones are at odds over the Quebec government’s desire to amend the Constitution Act of 1867 to recognize the Quebec “nation” whose “official” and “common” language is French.
As many as 79.5% of francophones – but only 25.2% of non-francophones – “strongly” or “somewhat” agree that Quebec should be defined as a nation in the Canadian Constitution, according to a Leger poll commissioned by the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) and the Association for Canadian Studies.
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