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Quebec tuition hike: McGill, Concordia universities file lawsuits

The Quebec government’s resolve to continue to target out-of-province university students with tuition increases is “very harmful” to both McGill and Concordia universities, says Sylvia Martin-Laforge, director general of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN). In a video report by Global News, she underscores that severe damage is simultaneously being inflicted “to Montreal and to Quebec.”

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‘Catastrophic’ tuition plan is a ‘direct attack’ on English universities, McGill says

Quebec plans to go ahead with new measures applying to English-language universities. In a letter sent to McGill, Concordia and Bishop’s, provincial Higher Education Minister Pascale Déry explained that tuition rates for out of province students will rise by 33 per cent as of next fall, and 80 per cent of these students will need to achieve an intermediate level of French as of fall 2025. The Quebec Community Groups Network has been among the numerous voices against these measures.

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‘Catastrophic’: Quebec set to impose higher French-language requirements for English universities

The Coalition Avenir Québec government’s latest proposals aiming to protect French create “clear existential threats” to Quebec’s English-language universities, says Quebec Community Groups Network President Eva Ludvig. The government’s goal of 80 per cent of out-of-province students at these schooling reaching an intermediate level of French upon graduating is “completely unrealistic,” says Fabrice Labeau, McGill University’s deputy provost.

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Legault is giving English universities the cold shoulder: McGill and Concordia

Amid the Coalition Avenir Québec government’s proposal to increase university tuition for out-of-province students, McGill and Concordia say they’ve been attempting to reach out to Premier François Legault and his government to no avail. “There have already been severe consequences as the result of this ill-thought-out policy proposal — even before it has been put into its final form,” the QCGN told The Montreal Gazette.

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Weil promises aggressive ‘Anglo’ action plan

“With only a single session left to go before the next October election, Kathleen Weil — Québec’s Minister in charge of the so-called ‘Anglo’ file – told The Suburban that the Couillard administration is determined to work out a “…real and concrete” action plan in order to preserve and protect the vitality of what’s left of Québec’s English-speaking communities throughout the province.”

The Minister Responsible for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers, Kathleen Weil, said she is determined to come up with a real and concrete action plan for Quebec’s English-speaking communities, reports The Suburban. Last week, Weil reached out to more than 40 English-speaking community leaders at Concordia’s University.

Among the leaders, Eric Maldoff, chair of the Health and Services Committee at the QCGN, said rights of many English-speaking Quebecers were dismissed by the government.

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Quebec’s next budget to address needs of anglophones: Weil

“Quebec’s minister responsible for anglophone issues is raising hopes that the concerns and needs of the province’s English-speaking communities will be tackled in a concrete way in Quebec’s next budget.”

Minister Kathleen Weil held an all-day forum at Concordia University to hear from about 40 leaders of groups and institutions that serve the English-speaking communities of Quebec. Weil told that the Liberal government intends to present a five-year action plan on issues they have brought to her attention in online consultations. She also said the new Secretariat will become a permanent part of the Quebec government.

QCGN President James Shea said Weil’s commitment is a real, true agreement to engage the English-speaking community. Sharlene Sullivan, executive director of the Neighbours Regional Association of Rouyn-Noranda said she is concerned about a “backlash” against the new-found attention English-speakers are getting from the government.

Read the article in the Montreal Gazette