English-speaking community leaders, including QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers, joined forces requesting a meeting with Education Minister Jean-François Roberge ahead of his decision on the future of the English-Montreal School Board.
A group of longtime community representatives have written to Education Minister Jean-François Roberge following his message in The Montreal Gazette this weekend. They are seeking an urgent meeting with the minister to discuss the situation at the English Montreal School Board.
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Radio-Canada’s Émilie Dubreuil looks back at the history of English-speaking advocacy groups and their contributions. QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers remarks that the current political climate is complicating gains made by the community.
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A new Léger poll shows many English-speaking Quebecers believe school boards are valuable to them and don’t want them to be abolished.
In an Interview with Global Montreal, QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers quotes a new poll that shows the vast majority of English-speaking Quebecers are concerned plans of abolishing school boards would put minority languages at risk. The poll by Léger Marketing was commissioned by the QCGN, the Quebec English School Boards Association (QESBA), the Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation (CEDEC) and the Association of Canadian Studies (ACS)
QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers said the community is skeptical following leaked information that claimed English-speaking Quebecers would be pleased with government’s plans for the future of school boards.
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A Léger poll commissioned by the QCGN, the Quebec English School Board Association (QESBA), the Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation (CEDEC) and the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) shows that 82 per cent of English-speaking Quebecers are attached to school boards. Some 55 per cent of Quebecers, both French- and English-speaking, do not agree with a CAQ government plan to abolish them.
What do English-speaking Quebecers think about the current state of affairs in their home province? This five-part study is based on one of the largest surveys of opinion conducted to-date of Quebec English-speakers.
Conducted by Léger Marketing for the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), the Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation (CEDEC), the Quebec English School Board Association (QESBA) and the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS), the survey was conducted via web panel between August 29 and September 4, 2019.
The poll sampled 1, 937 Quebecers which included 1019 English-speaking Quebecers, 773 French-speaking Quebecers and 144 persons whose first language is neither English nor French. The survey has a margin of error of 2.5 19 times out of 20.
The English-speaking community still has not digested the ban on religious symbols. Students submitted numerous questions on this topic to Christopher Skeete, Member of Parliament for Sainte-Rose, who spoke to the English-speaking community at an event at Bishop’s University in Lennoxville last week.
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Following a meeting with Education Minister Jean-François Roberge last week, representatives of Quebec’s English-speaking community are cautiously optimistic they have the government’s ear ahead of its planned school board reform. “The minister gave us a good solid hour and listened carefully to the positions of the community, which were very well expressed,” said Quebec Community Groups Network president Geoffrey Chambers, who took part in the meeting.
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