“We urge parliamentarians to remove all references to the Charter of the French Language from Bill C-13 and not to throw our minority linguistic community overboard,” writes QCGN President Eva Ludvig.
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“It’s not a zero-sum game,” says QCGN President Eva Ludvig about Bill C-13, which the QCGN warns will essentially abandon language rights for Quebec’s English-speaking minority in favour of bolstering the French language. Eva speaks at 9:24.
The QCGN is sounding the alarm on Bill C-13, the federal government’s planned update of the Official Languages Act, which is set to pass before the year’s end. “We feel like we’re being abandoned by the federal government who we look to as our champion,” says QCGN President Eva Ludvig.
Bill C-13, An Act to amend the Official Languages Act, is receiving harsh criticism from English-speaking community advocacy groups in Quebec, including the QCGN. Groups express fear that the promotion of the French language comes at the expense of Quebec’s anglophone minority. “It’s not by giving new rights to one group and by taking it away from another is the way to accomplish this,” says QCGN President Eva Ludvig.
The QCGN calls for the appointment of a dedicated Minister Responsible for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers amid speculation on how the new provincial cabinet will be composed in the Coalition Avenir Québec’s second term. QCGN interim President Eva Ludvig says in a statement: “Members of our community feel that they are not being heard and are not considered relevant, and they are worried about their and their children’s future in Quebec,” adding that the appointment of a minister would be an important step towards rectifying this issue.
Notaries express concern over a measure included in Bill 96, which would require a French translation of notarized documents which had been drafted in English. The measure creates a two-tier system in which Anglophones “pay more, wait longer, [and] not have the equal services,” says QCGN interim President Eva Ludvig.
There needs to be a dedicated Minister Responsible for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers in the National Assembly, says QCGN interim President Eva Ludvig. Premier François Legault had not dedicated the time necessary for such a role since he appointed himself to the position in 2018.
The results over the past four years under a Coalition Avenir Québec government demonstrate that the English-speaking community needs a voice at the cabinet table with time to listen to the community’s concerns, and to act on them. Eva Ludvig of the QCGN underscores both the situation and the solution during a 10-minute interview with Aaron Rand on CJAD.
The future of the Quebec Conservative Party and party leader Éric Duhaime remains uncertain following Monday’s provincial election, in which the party won no seats in the National Assembly. “Mr. Duhaime was one of the few leaders who decided to speak to our community,” says QCGN interim President Eva Ludvig, referring to Duhaime’s appearance at one of the QCGN’s virtual “Meet the Leaders” Town Halls.
“It has been a difficult four years for the English-speaking community,” says QCGN interim President Eva Ludvig: “And going into the election, there were a lot of concerns and anxiety.” However, Ludvig adds that the few words of English spoken by Premier François Legault in his victory speech may represent a turning point in the Coalition Avenir Québec government’s relationship with Anglophones.