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QCGN calls for productive dialogue with English-speaking community

Quebec City, April 11, 2013 – 

English-speaking Quebecers are opposed to Bill 14 and believe it should be scrapped. But that does not mean our community does not want to continue dialoging to bridge the gulf of misunderstanding that persists between the Government and its English-speaking minority. That was among the key messages the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) delivered to the Committee on Culture and Education that is studying Bill 14.

“More coercive measures will not promote or protect the French language,” said QCGN President Dan Lamoureux, noting that the government is once again failing to distinguish between English-speaking communities and the threat of English as a global language of commerce and mass culture.  “English-speaking Quebecers are not a threat.”

Lamoureux noted that, if passed, Bill 14 would restrict the right of municipalities and their citizens to decide how their own taxpayers will be served. It would revoke the right for French-speaking military personnel who may be transferred to other provinces to send their kids to English schools. It would place a greater burden on all small businesses – French and English – that will have impacts ranging from some enterprises deciding not to expand to others deciding to go to another province where the cost and irritants of doing business are less onerous.

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Le QCGN appelle au dialogue constructif avec la communauté d’expression anglaise

 

Québec, le 11 avril 2013 – Les Québécois d’expression anglaise s’opposent au projet de loi 14 et croient que celui-ci devrait être abandonné. Cela ne signifie pas pourtant que notre communauté ne souhaite pas entretenir le dialogue afin de combler le fossé d’incompréhension qui persiste entre le gouvernement et sa minorité de langue anglaise. Voici un passage du témoignage présenté par le Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) devant la Commission de la culture et de l’éducation laquelle étudie présentement le projet de loi 14.

« L’ajout de restrictions fera peu pour protéger ou promouvoir la langue française », exprime le président du QCGN Dan Lamoureux, ajoutant que le gouvernement échoue à nouveau à faire la distinction entre les communautés d’expression anglaise et la menace de l’anglais comme langue principale du commerce et de la culture de masse dans un contexte de mondialisation.  « Les Québécois d’expression anglaise se représentent pas une menace. »

M. Lamoureux enchérit en disant que si le projet de loi 14 était adopté, il restreindrait le droit des municipalités et de leurs citoyens à décider comment servir leurs commettants. Il révoquerait le droit des militaires francophones, susceptibles d’être transférés dans d’autres provinces, d’envoyer leurs enfants à l’école anglaise. Le projet de loi alourdirait également le fardeau de toutes les petites entreprises — francophones et anglophones —, et il aurait une incidence sur les décisions des chefs d’entreprise, lesquelles pourraient mettre un frein à leur projet d’expansion ou les inciter à déménager dans une autre province, où le coût et les tracas liés à leurs activités seraient beaucoup moins contraignants. 

 

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QCGN approves new Roadmap for Canada’s Official Languages

Ottawa, March 28, 2013 – The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) is pleased with the Government of Canada’s renewed commitment to support the vitality of Quebec’s English-speaking minority community through the Roadmap for Canada’s Official Languages 2013-2018 that was officially launched Thursday morning in Ottawa.

“Canada’s two official languages and two minority language communities are integral parts of this country’s history and identity,” said QCGN President Dan Lamoureux. “The investments announced today will certainly contribute to strengthening linguistic duality and the vitality of Canada’s official language minority communities — that is English-speaking Quebecers and our Francophone counterparts in the rest of Canada.” 

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Quebec community groups fear Bill 14 will ghettoize English CEGEPs

Elysia Bryan Baynes, Global News

Critics say Bill 14 will restricts access to English CEGEPs for francophones. Karol Dahl / Global News

MONTREAL – The government’s plans to restrict access to English CEGEPs is raising concerns.

“I think it’s bad. They should just let people make their choice. Would they not allow anglophones to go to French schools?” says 2nd year Vanier student, Frank Prak. He’s a francophone and under the new law would have to wait to see if there were any spaces left after anglophones are admitted.

The Minister responsible for anglophones Jean-Francois Lisée says giving anglos priority to English CEGEPs is a way of protecting them.

“English speaking institutions should be first and foremost for English Quebecers,” Lisée told reporters Monday morning.

The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) has concerns about Bill 14 in CEGEPs.

 ”If this law passes it would reduce the bilingualism of students and the academic levels of our CEGEPs.”

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Prolongement du mandat du commissaire aux langues officielles Graham Fraser: une bonne nouvelle pour la communauté d’expression anglaise du Québec

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Montréal, le 7 mars 2013 –
Le Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) se réjouit du prolongement du mandat de Graham Fraser au poste de commissaire aux langues officielles. La nomination fut annoncée hier par le Premier ministre Stephen Harper. En attente de l’aval de la Chambre des communes et du Sénat, M. Fraser, qui a servi comme commissaire aux langues officielles depuis octobre 2006, verra son mandat prolongé pour trois années supplémentaires à compter du 17 octobre prochain.

« Il s’agit d’une excellente nouvelle étant donné le rôle important qu’a joué le commissaire Fraser sur le plan du rapprochement entre les communautés d’expression française et anglaise du Québec et du Canada », affirme Dan Lamoureux, président du QCGN, ajoutant que M. Fraser est bien respecté au Québec et à travers le pays et qu’il a su analyser de façon posée les débats linguistiques incluant ceux entourant le projet de loi 14.

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Reappointment of Commissioner Graham Fraser good news for English-speaking community of Quebec

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Montreal, March 7, 2013 –
The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) is pleased with the reappointment of Graham Fraser as Commissioner of Official Languages. The nomination was announced yesterday by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.  Pending approval by the House of Commons and Senate, Fraser, who has been serving as Commissioner of Official Languages since October 2006, will serve an additional three years after his current mandate ends on October 17.

“This is extremely good news because of the significant role that Commissioner Fraser has played as a bridge builder between the French and English-speaking communities, both in Quebec and in Canada,” said QCGN President Dan Lamoureux, noting that Mr. Fraser is well respected in Quebec and throughout the country and has been a voice of reason during sensitive language debates including the current controversy over Bill 14.

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Advisory board tells Quebec to harden its language stance

The Gazette, Lynn Moore

MONTREAL — Rising levels of bilingualism in Quebec workplaces should be offset by tougher French language requirements for small businesses, an advisory body to the Quebec government says.

As it revamps the Charter of the French Language, the Parti Québécois government must adopt a hardline approach if French is to be the common language, the Conseil supérieur de la langue française said Wednesday.

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Also advocating more conciliatory language laws is the Quebec Community Groups Network, a not-for-profit organization with 41 English-language community groups under its umbrella.

“We would rather see more cooperation and less coercion in achieving the goals of the Conseil,” network president Dan Lamoureux said.

Anglophones and new immigrants to Quebec “are all here because we believe in Quebec and we all want to be here, but it would be nice if both the government and the council recognized the fact,” he said.

“Proactive” measures such as free French courses would help as would assistance to small businesses “which don’t have the time or the money to deal with the increased red tape,” he said.

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Advisory board tells Quebec to harden its language stance

The Gazette, Lynn Moore


MONTREAL — Rising levels of bilingualism in Quebec workplaces should be offset by tougher French language requirements for small businesses, an advisory body to the Quebec government says.

As it revamps the Charter of the French Language, the Parti Québécois government must adopt a hardline approach if French is to be the common language, the Conseil supérieur de la langue française said Wednesday.

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Also advocating more conciliatory language laws is the Quebec Community Groups Network, a not-for-profit organization with 41 English-language community groups under its umbrella.

“We would rather see more cooperation and less coercion in achieving the goals of the Conseil,” network president Dan Lamoureux said.

Anglophones and new immigrants to Quebec “are all here because we believe in Quebec and we all want to be here, but it would be nice if both the government and the council recognized the fact,” he said.

“Proactive” measures such as free French courses would help as would assistance to small businesses “which don’t have the time or the money to deal with the increased red tape,” he said.

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PQ Language Bill Likely Won’t Pass

Giuseppe Valiante, QMI Agency (Sun News)

MONTREAL – Quebec’s second opposition party will likely ensure that the strictest parts of the Parti Quebecois’ language legislation will not pass, according to a leaked draft memo obtained by a Montreal news organization. The spokesman for the Coalition Avenir Quebec, Guillaume Simard-Leduc, confirmed to QMI Agency Wednesday morning that the leaked memo was real, but only a draft.

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Dan Lamoureux, president of the anglophone-rights organization, Quebec Community Groups Network, said Wednesday he was relieved when he heard about the leaked memo. However, he said Bill 14 should be defeated in its entirety. “

(The bill) does not demonstrate to us as a community that we are valued,” he said.

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PQ Language Bill Likely Won’t Pass

Giuseppe Valiante, QMI Agency (Sun News)

MONTREAL – Quebec’s second opposition party will likely ensure that the strictest parts of the Parti Quebecois’ language legislation will not pass, according to a leaked draft memo obtained by a Montreal news organization. The spokesman for the Coalition Avenir Quebec, Guillaume Simard-Leduc, confirmed to QMI Agency Wednesday morning that the leaked memo was real, but only a draft.

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Dan Lamoureux, president of the anglophone-rights organization, Quebec Community Groups Network, said Wednesday he was relieved when he heard about the leaked memo. However, he said Bill 14 should be defeated in its entirety. “

(The bill) does not demonstrate to us as a community that we are valued,” he said.

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