Premier François Legault says that renewing the notwithstanding clause to protect Bill 21 would maintain the “social peace” that he says the secularist law has created. The Quebec Community Groups Network is among those who have called the renewal of such a clause an affront to fundamental freedoms.
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A last-minute amendment to Bill 15 sprung by the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government – and subsequently dropped – was aimed at “bringing in elements of Bill 96 and the Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF) to the whole question of health care” under Bill 15, explains Eva Ludwig, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN). Quebec Premier François Legault had earlier, she notes, specifically “reassured the (English-speaking) community that health and social services would not be impacted, and (this sector) was not included in Bill 96.”
The Quebec Community Groups Network is alarmed that a recent move by the government of Premier François Legault to hike tuition fees for out-of-province students will spur young English-speaking Quebecers to leave the province. And it will stop talented young people in other provinces and beyond from coming here.
The federal government appears to be sleep-walking past a ticking constitutional timebomb to avoid provoking Premier François Legault, all the while ignoring whatever perilous consequences its current approach might entail, write Eva Ludvig and Joan Fraser, QCGN president and board member, respectively.
Premier Legault’s recent Twitter outburst “should not deter the Trudeau government from seeking a Supreme Court of Canada ruling on the notwithstanding clause,” writes Joan Fraser, a former senator and editor in chief of the Montreal Gazette, as well as current QCGN board member.
“English is not a species in peril in Quebec,” says Premier François Legault in response to federal Liberal MPs defending Quebec’s English-speaking community during a committee meeting examining Bill C-13. The QCGN maintains that Bill C-13 tramples on the rights of Quebec Anglophones due to the Bill’s reference to the Charter of the French Language.
The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) congratulates François Legault on his re-election as Premier of Quebec and looks forward to a fresh start in relations between the English-speaking community of Quebec and the Quebec government. We also reiterate our recommendation for the appointment of a dedicated Minister Responsible for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers.
Premier François Legault’s alarmist attitude and actions when it comes to the protection of French has caused bridges to be burned between the Quebec government and the English-speaking community, says QCGN Director-General Sylvia Martin-Laforge. She explains that many Anglophones view various measures by the Quebec government, such as Bill 96, as a direct attack on the vitality of their communities. “We don’t want that to cause an exodus,” Martin-Laforge adds: “We must rediscover a spirit of social cohesion.”
D’Arcy-McGee Liberal MNA David Birnbaum, the party’s point person for the English-speaking community, reported hearing Legault make remarks about citizens in the West Island in the legislature during the question period.
The premier received a strong rebuke from the Quebec Community Groups Network, the umbrella group for English-language organizations.
Reacting to Legault’s comments, Quebec Community Groups Network president Marlene Jennings turned the tables, saying the government is also spreading false information.
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