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QCGN and CAQ hold meeting ahead of the new school year

QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers sat down with Global Montreal’s Dan Spector to discuss a recent meeting between APPELE-Québec, which is defending democratically elected school boards, and Education Minister Jean-François Roberge, whose government has plan to abolish them. 

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CAQ language commissioner could strengthen Bill 101

The Coalition Avenir Québec government’s receptiveness to the creation of a Commissioner of the French Language is a worrying sign and could potentially send the wrong message, says QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers: “This is a gesture or a reaction or a move that tries to solve a problem that doesn’t exist.” 

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“We know that Francophones have their own reality” – Geoffrey Chambers

“Our common goal is for Canadians to accept the benefits of having official-language minority communities and to invest in supporting them, in order to have a country where French- and English-speaking Canadian feel at home and comfortable living everywhere. ” – Geoffrey Chambers, QCGN President. 

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Reply about the English-speaking community

Retired teacher Christopher Eustace wrote in Le Devoir that he looking forward to Quebec’s consultation of English-speaking Quebecers so he can talk about cleaning up the Coalition Avenir Quebec’s plan to abolish school boards. His minority opinion is not shared by our community, replied Quebec Community Groups Network President Geoffrey Chambers, who remarked that a strong majority of English-speaking Quebecers want to protect their constitutional right to manage and control their schools. 

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QCGN Expresses Serious Misgivings About Vague Government Consultation Plan

Montreal – July 26, 2019 – The Quebec Community Groups Network is pleased the Coalition Avenir Québec government is planning to reach out to Quebec’s English-speaking community and looks forward to sitting down with the Premier’s parliamentary assistant for relations with English-speaking Quebecers to discuss the most appropriate process to address our community’s concerns. 

At a meeting with community health care groups in the Magdalen Islands this week, Premier François Legault’s representative for the English-speaking community, Christopher Skeete, announced a consultation tour this fall to develop an action plan focusing on the needs of the English-speaking community. In an earlier media interview, Skeete said he had put the QCGN front and centre in helping him plan the consultation.  

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CAQ Plans Anglo Consultation

Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier for Relations with English-Speaking Quebecers, Christopher Skeete, was interviewed on Breakfast Television about a planned government plan to consult Quebec’s English-speaking community. QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers said he is skeptical about the design of the consultation.

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What place do anglophones have in Quebec?

QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers and former MP Marlene Jennings, co-chair of QCGN’s Access to Justice in English committee, discuss the challenges and concerns of Quebec’s English-speaking community on CBC Montreal’s Radio Noon

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Quebec Wants to Adjust the Pace with English-speaking Communities

QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers was not impressed by the announcement of a Quebec consultation that would lead to a government action plan for English-speaking Quebecers. He said the QCGN will be critical of a process that is clearly a public relations tour. 

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‘It’s Time to Test the Pulse’: CAQ to Hold Consultations with English-speaking Community Groups

The Coalition Avenir Québec government is planning a province-wide tour aimed at developing an action plan to help the English-speaking community. Quebec Community Groups Network President Geoffrey Chambers previously expressed a sense of anxiety among the English-speaking population. 

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Is the CAQ Offering an Olive Branch to Anglos?

In an interview with CTV Montreal’s Annie DeMelt about the Coalition Avenir Québec’s relationshipwith the English-speaking community, QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers said our community has certain defined rights which it is going to insist on having respected.

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