Tag Archive for: Coalition Avenir Québec


Anglo groups react to Quebec’s $603M to protect French

“People don’t react well to coercive measures and fear-mongering,” says QCGN Director-General Sylvia Martin-Laforge, reacting to the Coalition Avenir Québec government’s $600-million action plan to protect the French language. She adds that the QCGN disagrees with the CAQ’s apparent focus on the proportion of French spoken in households.

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Tom Mulcair: Is the CAQ setting up French to fail?

The Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government has not defined the “yardsticks” that would be used to measure if its $600-million action plan to protect the French language is achieving its objectives, writes former politician Tom Mulcair. Mentioning a recent QCGN press release, Mulcair points out that there are indications that the CAQ will consider data on mother tongue and language spoken at home – setting itself up for failure.

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OPINION: CAQ should consider financial impacts of its policies on anglophones

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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The Quebec Government’s Plan to Kill English Universities

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.”

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English universities blast report that 80% of foreign students will need intermediate French by graduation

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.  

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‘Kneecapping English universities’: QCGN targets CAQ minister responsible for anglos

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.

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Hanes: Coming election more important than ever for anglos: QCGN

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.”

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Nicolas: Opponents of CAQ’s view of nationalism need to form a coalition

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.

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Statement on Coalition Avenir Québec Government’s Refusal to Budge on Provisions for English-speaking CEGEP Students

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.

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Opinion: CAQ’s message to English-speaking Quebecers seems loud and clear

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.

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