Our community has the Constitutional right to manage and control our schools. The Coalition Avenir Québec government has taken this right away from our English-speaking community – and together we must fight to take back this fundamental right. All nine of our English school boards along with the Quebec English School Boards Association have launched a legal challenge to quash Bill 40. This controversial legislation abolishes our democratically elected school boards and transforms them into government-controlled service centres. Our legal action declares that this upheaval of our education system contravenes our linguistic minority community’s right to manage and control our school system. This foundational right, under Section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, guarantees education in one of Canada’s two official languages. It is an essential element of linguistic duality, a cornerstone of our national identity. It took French parents in British Columbia five years to win another case that solidified minority-language education rights. Just like our West Coast counterparts, we are in this for the long haul. This is bound to be a long and costly fight. Please consider making a contribution to the Go Fund Me campaign to support this legal action to defend the Constitutional rights of Quebec’s English-speaking community and advance the minority-language rights of all Canadians. Any donation, big or small, is appreciated – but most importantly a large number of donors will unequivocally demonstrate to our governments that we believe in our rights and we will fight to protect them. Please contribute what you can and help us get the news out by sharing this appeal extensively throughout your networks.
From its plan to rehaul school boards to Bill 21, The Journal de Montréal analyzes the rising tensions between the Coalition Avenir Québec and minority groups, including the English-speaking community. Despite the tension, the government is willing to listen to community concerns, said QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers.
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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 opinion surveys 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 Boards Association (QESBA) and the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS), the survey was conducted via web panel between Aug. 29 and Sept. 4, 2019.
The poll sampled 1,936 Quebecers. This included 1,019 Quebecers with English as their first language, 773 Quebecers with French as their first language and 144 persons whose first language is neither English nor French. The survey has a margin of error of 2.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
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)
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.
English-speaking Quebecers are more worried about their rights than they were two years ago, according to the latest Forum Research survey. Most feel services for English-speakers in Quebec have declined since the Legault government took over nine months ago.
“Our common goal is for Canadians to accept the benefits of having official-language minority communities and to invest in supporting them, in order to have a country where French- and English-speaking Canadian feel at home and comfortable living everywhere. ” – Geoffrey Chambers, QCGN President.
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Retired teacher Christopher Eustace wrote in Le Devoir that he looking forward to Quebec’s consultation of English-speaking Quebecers so he can talk about cleaning up the Coalition Avenir Quebec’s plan to abolish school boards. His minority opinion is not shared by our community, replied Quebec Community Groups Network President Geoffrey Chambers, who remarked that a strong majority of English-speaking Quebecers want to protect their constitutional right to manage and control their schools.
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In an interview with Radio Canada’s Première heure QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers discussed the community’s growing concerns over recentdecisions made by the Quebec government to transfer English schools to the French system.
QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers fears the eroding rights of Quebec’s English-speaking community are under attack by the Coalition Avenir Québec government.
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