QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers reacts to the rumored news the Coalition Avenir Québec could be working on a list defining what constitutes an “historical anglo,” saying the news is rattling English-speaking Quebecers and creating a sense of anxiety.
QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers denounces coming changes in language rules announced by Minister responsible for French language, Simon Jolin-Barrette. Chambers says such modifications are discriminatory and will only divide French and English-speaking communities.
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QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers sat down with Global Montreal’s Elysia Bryan Baynes to discuss the resignation of member organizations.
The Coalition Avenir Québec and the Secretariat for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers are contributing to internal strife with member organizations, said QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers.
Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), president alleges that the Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier for Relations with English-Speaking Quebecers, Christopher Skeete, encourages the network’s member organizations to leave or disavow their positions if they want to keep their part of public funding.
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Geoffrey Chambers, President of The Quebec Community Groups Network, the umbrella organization representing English-speaking community groups in Quebec, accused the provincial government of trying to undermine the organization. Quebec Premier François Legault dismissed the allegations, as being “completely false.”
Geoffrey Chambers, President of the Quebec Community Groups Network accuses the provincial government of trying to divide English speakers and destabilize the network supporting them, writes Rachel Lau from CTV Montreal.
MONTREAL, October 23, 2019 – Following this week’s election, the Quebec Community Groups Network is looking forward to continuing to work with the Government of Canada and parliamentarians to ensure the delivery of a modern Act that reinforces the principle of the equality of status of English and French – particularly in all institutions subject to the Act.
“Our community made its presence felt Monday night in key regions of the province,” said Geoffrey Chambers, president of the QCGN. “We continue to enjoy a significant voice in federal elections, and we expect the concerns of our official language minority community to be represented and considered by all parties in the new Parliament.”
Carrying on a process that has been happening in the background of federal and provincial political discussions for the last three years or so, the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), the Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO), and the Société de l’Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick (SANB) have been on tour since the summer trying to get the modernization of Canada’s Official Languages Act to be a priority for the country’s next government.”The Official Languages Act really needs to be brought up to date,” said Geoffrey Chambers, President of the QCGN, in a group interview with The Record last week. Joined by Carol Jolin, President of the AFO, and Ali Chaisson, Executive Director of the SANB, the QCGN president echoed words previously related by Raymond Théberge, Canada’s Commissioner of Official Langauges, in saying that the 50 year old piece of legislation is long overdue for an overhaul.
The QCGN, the Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario and the Société de l’Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick are teaming up to demand parties involved in the Oct. 21 federal election commit to strengthening the Official Languages Act by imposing stiffer sanctions on offenders. “There’s a high degree of consensus on what should be done with the act. We would like that consensus converted into an undertaking by the parties in the election, and then an actual adoption of measures in the new parliament,” Geoffrey Chambers, president of the QCGN, told the Montreal Gazette in an editorial board interview on Thursday.