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Proposed new electoral map an ‘attack’ on the Anglo vote, lobby group says

“A proposal to eliminate a provincial riding with a large anglophone population could damage the community’s political voice, according to a prominent Anglo lobby group.”

A proposed electoral map would have the riding of Westmount-Saint-Louis split in two to join the riding of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce and the newly-created downtown riding of Ville-Marie.  The result would be one less seat in the National Assembly, said Geoffrey Chambers, vice-president of the QCGN.

The proposed revisions also sparked discontent in Saint-Marie-Saint-Jacques riding where its MNA Manon Massé could lose her seat with the re-drawing. The process is contested since no consultation was made prior to those changes.

Read the full article on CBC News

Premier Names Son of MNA to Liaise with English-speaking Community

“Haitian-born anti-discrimination lawyer Tamara Thermitus has been named head of the Quebec Human Rights Commission. She received the unanimous support of members of the National Assembly.”

The name of Tamara Thermitus had been circulating for at the National Assembly, but it was finally approved yesterday to show case diversity as an important figure of Quebec. Furthermore, the office of Premier Philippe Couillard also announced the nomination of Gregory Kelley, son of Aboriginal Affairs Minister Geoffrey Kelley, as liaison officer for the English-speaking community.

Interviewed for this article, Geoffrey Chambers said the QCGN was pleased with those two nominations. He hopes Kelley will help ensure access to health-care services in English as well as improve representativity of the English-speaking community in Quebec’s public service.

Read the full article in the Montreal Gazette

Sherbrooke: Trudeau admits he could have spoken English during town hall meeting (FR)

“Le premier ministre Justin Trudeau a mis fin à sa tournée du Québec, mercredi après-midi, et il s’est retrouvé sur la sellette pour avoir parlé uniquement en français lors d’une assemblée citoyenne, la veille.”

This Canadian Press article reviews the event that happened on the evening of Tuesday January 17 in Sherbrooke when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded in French to a question asked to him in English. It follows with Trudeau’s apologies in a press conference the next day in Bishop’s University where he mentions that he responded in English to a question asked in French in Peterborough.

The article follows with QCGN’s comments taken from their press release stating the group wants formal apologies while quoting Geoffrey Chambers and his concerns. The article also features comments from Mouvement impératif français, before announcing other actions Trudeau has done during this brief passage in Quebec.

Read the article in the Metro Journal

Justin Trudeau defends decision to answer questions only in French at Sherbrooke, Que. town hall

“Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended his decision after he chose to answer questions only in French during a town hall in Sherbrooke, Que., Tuesday night.”

In this feature made by Global reporter Sarah Volstad, QCGN vice-president Geoffrey Chambers is interviewed to make some comments on Trudeau’s answers in French to English questions during a town hall meeting in Shebrooke and his following press conference.

Watch the feature on Global Montreal

Educational Institutions Must Tie Their Activities to the Vitality of the Communities They Serve

Montreal, September 21, 2016 – The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) recognizes that schools are a cornerstone of the vitality of English-speaking communities and believes that Education Act should enhance the responsibility of our educational institutions to serve their communities.

In a brief submitted to the Committee on Culture and Education this week, the QCGN argues that school boards, schools, as well as adult and vocational centres must support the development and vitality of their respective communities. QCGN, which represents 48 groups across Quebec, insists that this responsibility should be clearly defined within the Education Act rather than being discretionary on the part of educational institutions.

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