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Parties, groups put their 2 cents in as Eric Girard prepares spring budget

In the run-up to tomorrow’s Quebec budget, the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) met with Finance Minister Eric Girard to underscore a longstanding demand that funding for community organizations in Quebec representing Anglophones be upped to reflect the size of the English-speaking population. 

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‘I’m not a lobbyist’ for Quebec anglophones, Eric Girard says

Eric Girard, the Quebec cabinet minister responsible for relations with English-speaking Quebecers, tells a closed-door meeting with about 40 McGill University students that his role is to keep communication lines open between Anglophones and the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government. The story notes that Girard, a McGill-trained economist who also serves as finance minister, has been criticized by the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN).

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Quebec anglos minister to take part in closed-door ‘fireside chat’ at McGill

Quebec Finance Minister Eric Girard will meet with McGill President Deep Saini for a private chat about economic policies, which may include the topic of tuition hikes for out-of-province students. Saini had called the tuition hikes a “targeted attack” on English universities. The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) urged Girard, who also holds the title of anglophone relations minister, to intervene on behalf of the English-speaking community in these tuition hikes.

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OPINION: CAQ should consider financial impacts of its policies on anglophones

The Coalition Avenir Québec government must consider the financial impacts that government legislation can have on all Quebecers, including linguistic minority communities, the Quebec Community Groups Network told provincial Finance Minister Eric Girard last week. 

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QCGN calls on Quebec for more funding for English-speaking community groups

The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) called on provincial Finance Minister Eric Girard to consider the financial impact that some government policies have on Quebec’s English-speaking community during a pre-budget consultation on Monday.

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Quebec should help our institutions deal with financial fallout of government policies

The Government of Quebec must always consider the financial impacts of all government legislation, regulations, policies and programs on all Quebecers – and particularly on minority communities, the Quebec Community Groups Network told Finance Minister Eric Girard Monday afternoon.

“Meanwhile support should be provided to our school boards, CEGEPs, universities and other institutions to deal with the adverse financial fallout of recent government policies,” QCGN Director General Sylvia Martin-Laforge told Girard, who is also the Minister Responsible for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers. She made the comments during a pre-budget consultation with groups serving Quebec’s English-speaking minority community in Montreal Monday.

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QCGN says ‘no’ to tuition hikes

Eric Girard, the Quebec finance minister also responsible for relations with English-speaking Quebecers, suggested last week he is monitoring reaction to the government’s controversial decision to double tuition for university students from the rest of Canada – but he provided no details. The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), the English-speaking community, and, indeed, a multitude of other concerned parties remain “eager to hear the results” of any intervention he may have made or may be considering on this exceptionally high-priority subject, says Sylvia Martin-Laforge, the QCGN’s director-general.

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QCGN denounces CAQ’s ‘kneecapping’ tuition fee hikes

Quebec’s three English-language universities continue to scramble to deal with the expected impact on registration and financing provoked by the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government’s abrupt doubling of tuition fees for out-of-province and international students, to take effect in less than a year for fresh arrivals. The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) has called on Eric Girard, himself a McGill University graduate, “to tell us what he intends to do on behalf of the community of Quebecers for which he has ministerial responsibility.”

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QCGN outraged at Quebec tuition hikes for out-of-province Canadian students

The latest Quebec government measure to protect French is an “assault on English universities – effectively doubling regular tuition for students from outside Quebec who want to study at McGill, Concordia, or Bishop’s,” says QCGN Director General Sylvia Martin-Laforge in a statement. The QCGN is calling on Eric Girard, minister responsible for relations with English-speaking Quebecers, to explain what he intends to do on behalf of the community he represents.

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‘Significantly underfunded’: English group asks for more support from Quebec

Community groups representing English-speaking Quebecers “felt that they were heard” during the pre-budget consultation with provincial Finance Minister Eric Girard, says QCGN Director General Sylvia Martin-Laforge. The QCGN called for more equitable funding for English services during the meeting.

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