More than 150 individuals pack a town hall at Dawson College last night to express grave concerns about the potential impact of Bill 15. This sweeping proposed overhaul of the Quebec medical system would create a single, all-powerful Santé Québec to govern and operate health care throughout the province. “Command and control by a government is always a danger to democracy,” states Eva Ludvig, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN). She suggests this may be the real motivation behind Bill 15, while reiterating concerns that this legislation would erode access to health care in English, especially in regions of Quebec like the Eastern Townships and the Gaspé.
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Deep into its coverage regarding the Bloc Québécois targeting of federal funding for the English-speaking community of Quebec – and after quoting an assertion by Parti Québécois Leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon that it is “as inconceivable as it is unacceptable that our taxes are used to finance our own assimilation so openly and clearly” – Le Devoir takes note of yesterday’s statement by the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN): “Support for official language minority communities across the country aims to promote the vitality of these communities, whether they are French-speaking or English-speaking.”
Quebec French Language Minister Jean-François Roberge expresses the hope that a portion of the $4.1 billion from the federal Action Plan on Official Languages be allocated to francization. This reiterates a request he issued last spring. Such a move would set a precedent. Ottawa officials confirm they are open to discuss this subject with Quebec, with the proviso that the objective is to protect minority language communities – not to train them in French. Eva Ludvig, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network, condemns the approach adopted by the Bloc Québécois and notes that the QCGN pleaded for removal of any mention of Quebec’s Charter of the French Language from the new federal Official Languages Act because it feared negative repercussions on Quebec’s English-speaking community of a two-tier framework.
Bill 15 will hurt patients, researchers, communities, and more, writes Eva Ludvig, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network. “This legislation is focused on structure and governance and will do nothing to address the crises in our emergency rooms, delays in surgeries, the lack of family doctors, or other major and urgent shortcomings of our health care system.”
QCGN President Eva Ludvig joined CBC’s Radio Noon yesterday. The discussion covered the Quebec government’s intention to hike tuition costs for out-of-province students at English-language universities, as well as the universities’ rejected proposal to improve the teaching of French. “The English-speaking community of Quebec is not the enemy of the French language,” Ludvig said.
The decision by Premier François Legault and his Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government to virtually double university tuitions for students from out of the province “will do little to improve the situation of francophone universities and very much to damage English ones – particularly Bishop’s, where about 2,650 students were enrolled this fall,” write Eva Ludvig and Don Warholtz, respectively president of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) and president of the Townshippers Association.
QCGN President Eva Ludvig and Townshippers’ Association President Don Warholtz lay out a detailed case arguing for full reversal of the Quebec government’s targeted tuition hikes. It is vital, the two community leaders underscore, to bear in mind that “students from other provinces who study here return to their home provinces as ambassadors of Quebec, who sing the praises of their experiences in this part of our country, broadening our understanding of each other as Canadians, just as do students who study elsewhere and return to Quebec.”
There are several causes for concern for the English-speaking community as the new political season unfolds, writes QCGN President Eva Ludvig in an op-ed for the Montreal Gazette.
A young woman who requested to do her driver’s test in English was denied by a branch of the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec, with employees claiming that the test would be administered in French under Bill 96. “People are unsure of their rights and how to prove their rights and about the individual applications in these situations,” says QCGN President Eva Ludvig.
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