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Premier admits he’s been out of touch with anglophones

“Seeing former Parti Québécois leader Pierre Karl Péladeau go to bat to protect English school boards this year, and the screaming headlines that followed, was “horrible” and proof there’s been a “loss of contact” with anglophones, said Premier Philippe Couillard during a sit-down interview with the Montreal Gazette’s political staff.”

In an interview with the Montreal Gazette, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard is determined to right his wrongs with the English-speaking community. He mentions many solutions he came up following a meeting he had with the Quebec Community Groups Network back in November. Among those solutions, retaining youth in regions comes first.

You can read the article and watch the video in The Montreal Gazette

QCGN Discusses Concerns of English-speaking Community with Premier Couillard

Quebec City, November 8, 2016 – At a first-ever meeting with Premier Philippe Couillard at the National Assembly Tuesday afternoon representatives from the Quebec Community Groups Network had a frank and positive discussion about Quebec’s support to its English-speaking minority community.

Top of mind were reforms to education and health and social service networks that had major impacts on our institutions; the scarcity of English-speaking Quebecers in the provincial civil service; as well as the importance of retaining youth so they can bolster our communities, support our elders and make positive contributions to the future of Quebec.

Crédit photo: Claude Hurens

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Discussing educational reform

QCGN Director Sylvia Martin-Laforge discusses the provincial government’s educational reform with CTV Montreal’s Mutsumi Takahashi. Watch video

An Office of Anglophone Affairs is needed now more than ever

Editorial, The Gazette

Quebec’s roughly 800,000 anglophones are used to being ignored by the government of the day.

When the Parti Québécois is power, anglophone rights are a low priority, to put it mildly. When the Liberals are in power, anglophones often feel taken for granted. Once their votes are counted and a handful of English-speaking ministers are named, they frequently feel their interests are forgotten, or sacrificed as a matter of political expediency.

With limited clout in Quebec City, anglophone Quebecers have instead poured their energies into institutions of vital importance to the community: hospitals and English school boards. Working from within these bastions of community control, they have long maintained a sense of self-determination, worked to protect their linguistic rights and thrived as a vibrant minority.

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Federal language commissioner supports English affairs office for Quebec

The Suburban News

D’Arcy McGee MNA David Birnbaum, along with fellow anglophone MNAs Geoff Kelley and Kathleen Weil, do not support Official Languages Commissioner Graham Fraser’s proposal that the Quebec government create an office of anglophone affairs, according to reports.

The office would better serve the 600,000-strong community, says Fraser, who met with the three anglophone MNAs and came away with the impression there was “no indication” such an office would be created by this government.

Editorial: Anglo funding takes nothing away from French

Last year, the Senate’s Standing Committee on Official Languages produced an enlightened report on the state and needs of Quebec’s anglophone communities.

Titled The Vitality of Quebec’s English-Speaking Communities: From Myth to Reality, it suggested that the anglo minority in Quebec is “caught in a dynamic where it must constantly stand up for its rights, and yet is not necessarily able to promote them.” The committee noted that the anglophone minority has specific needs, and recommended that federal institutions take positive measures to enhance its vitality and support its development.

This month the federal Heritage Department followed up on that recommendation with the announcement of $4.4 million in funding for 22 projects aimed at supporting official-languages development. Of these, 17 went to anglo community groups. Most of them, though not all, centred in the Montreal area.

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Declaration from the Community Priority Setting Conference of the English-Speaking Community of Quebec

This declaration of community priorities was ratified by more than 180 members of the English-speaking community of Quebec at the end of the Community Priority Setting Conference in 2012.  The conference was the culmination of the first phase the Strategic Priorities Forum that included 19 regional and sectoral consultations, five focus groups and an online survey of more than 500 English-speaking Quebecers.

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QCGN ends successful meeting with new Board of Directors

Montreal, June 20, 2011 – The Quebec Community Groups Network forged new partnerships and consolidated old ones as it held its annual convention in Montreal last week.
During the three-day meeting that wrapped up Saturday with the 17th Annual General Meeting, members explored avenues of collaboration with Federal Official Language coordinators; discussed the deep diversity of the English-speaking Quebec in a panel discussion moderated by Graham Fraser, the Commissioner of Official Languages; introduce a research initiative on the vitality of our English institutions; and held a consultation on membership recruitment and retention policy. Read more…
From left to right: (Front row) Dan Lamoureux; Linda Leith; Brian Garneau; Sylvia Martin-Laforge;
(second row) Nigel Spencer; Jan Anderson-Toupin; Irene Tschernomor; Cheryl Gosselin; Colleen Bronson; Marion Standish; Clara Ann Martin Labadie; Bradley Dottin.

 

 

QCGN seeks candidates for 2011 Goldbloom Awards

Montreal, June 17, 2011 – The Quebec Community Groups Network is once again seeking individuals who have made significant contributions to the vitality of the English-speaking community of Quebec for the 2011 edition of the QCGN Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Community Service Award.
“Candidates for the QCGN’s distinguished community service award should have demonstrated leadership and commitment as a volunteer or as a professional in their chosen field of endeavour,” noted QCGN President Linda Leith, during the official launch of the award at the QCGN Members Convention in Montreal on June 17. Contributions can be in any and all regions of Quebec and in any field from business to academia; from youth to seniors; from health and social services to arts and culture; and any other area such as heritage, the environment and sports. Read more…

Find more details about the Award at www.qcgn.ca/goldbloom/ 

QCGN meets to consolidate partnerships

Montreal, June 16, 2011 – The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) kicks off its 17th annual meeting Thursday June 16 with three full days of discussions and workshops at Concordia University.
The Members’ Convention begins today with a joint initiative of QCGN and the Federal department of Canadian Heritage that aims to foster interdepartmental communication and identify avenues of collaboration with the English-speaking community.
Friday, the more public part of our meeting, will begin with a panel discussion entitled “A Community of Communities,” which aims to discuss the interconnectivity of communities within English-speaking Quebec. Moderated by Graham Fraser, the Commissioner of Official Languages, panellists will include Senator Joan Fraser, Townshippers’ Association President Gerald Cutting and Montreal Gazette reporter, Marian Scott. Because of their unique roles as actors and observers of our community, each is bound to have an interesting perspective on the topic. Read more…