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Montreal Gazette: English-speaking Quebecers strongly against Bill 21, poll shows

A poll conducted by Léger Marketing that commissioned by the Association for Canadian Studies and the Quebec Community Groups Network, “shatters” claims made by the Coalition Avenir Québec that English-speaking Quebecers support Bill 21, says QCGN president Geoffrey Chambers.

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English-speaking community disagrees profoundly with government on secularism bill

Montreal – May 23, 2019A clear majority of English-speaking Quebecers do not support restrictions on religious symbols worn by public officials. That conclusion stood out in a recent poll that surveyed Quebecers’ attitudes towards the Coalition Avenir Québec government’s proposed secularism bill.

An oversample of English-speaking Quebecers taken from an Association for Canadian Studies-Léger Marketing poll shows that a significant majority of Anglophones believes Bill 21 contravenes the Quebec Charter of Rights and Freedoms and that the courts are the proper forum to determine whether it violates Quebecers’ basic civil rights.

“These numbers certainly shatter the government’s claim that many English-speaking Quebecers support the bill,” commented Geoffrey Chambers, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network. “We are asking the government to reconsider adopting legislation that will create deep divisions in Quebec.”

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Geoff Chambers: CAQ actually not doing that badly

QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers replies to Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier for Relations with English-Speaking Quebecers, Christopher Skeete’s rebuttal of Chambers’ criticism vis-à-vis the Coalition Avenir Québec government and the Secretariat. Listing the positive work the QCGN and the Secretariat for English-speaking Quebcers have done for the English-speaking community, Chambers highlights that there is much work that lies ahead. Listen to Christopher Skeete’s interview here.

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Anglo groups blast CAQ

A recent op-ed piece written by Quebec Community Groups Network President Geoffrey Chambers highlights how the relationship between English-speaking groups and the government has deteriorated. City News reporter Emily Campbell investigates the sources of this tension.

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Global: School boards important to English-speaking Quebecers: Léger survey

A poll by the Alliance for the Promotion of Public English-language Education in Quebec (APPELE-Québec) indicates that a majority of English-speaking Quebecers feel school boards play an essential role in protecting minority-language rights in the province.

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English Quebecers strong supporters of school boards: poll

A majority of English-speaking Quebecers believe schools boards play a key role in both the well-being of the education system and the protection of the community’s linguistic-minority rights. Commissioned by Alliance for the Promotion of Public English-language Education in Quebec (APPELE-Québec), the Léger Marketing poll was conducted between March 13-21, 2019.

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Anglo secretariat a ‘disappointing failure’: QCGN

QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers expresses his concerns with the Secretariat for English-speaking Quebecers in an interview with CTV Montreal.

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Improving access to Justice for minority language communities in Quebec

Canadians expect that language should not be a barrier to access to justice. That is why the Government of Canada is taking positive measures to support official language minority communities as they interact with the justice system.

Today, the Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, announced the Government of Canada’s support for the Quebec Community Groups Network’s (QCGN) people-centered project for improving access to Justice in English in Quebec. This project, which received $445,050 in funding, will support community volunteers leading the QCGN’s work in three key areas: justice services related to administrative tribunals, youth, and seniors. The project will help ensure continued dialogue and engagement, both within the community and with the justice sector.

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The Split Between Montreal and Quebec

From Bill 21 to school boards, environmental concerns and immigration, MAtv’s City Life investigates the burgeoning rift between Montreal and the Coalition Avenir Québec’s policies and electoral platform.

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QCGN Eager to Contribute to Hearings on Modernization of the Official Languages Act

Montreal, March 11, 2019The Quebec Community Groups Network looks forward to contributing to cross-country consultations by Official Languages Minister Mélanie Joly on the modernization of the Official Languages Act, as Canadians celebrate the 50th anniversary of this pivotal law.

“The Official Languages Act is a lifeline for English-speaking Quebec,” said QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers. “It is the only law that protects the linguistic interests of English-speaking Quebecers as a community. Having said that, after 50 years, the Act is somewhat antiquated and is in serious need of an update. We are particularly keen that English-speaking Quebec participates in the forums and towns halls announced by the Minister today.  We must make sure that our voices are heard.”

Over the past few years, the QCGN and its Francophone counterparts across Canada have been actively involved in discussions on ways to modernize the Act, including at hearings by both the House of Commons and Senate committees on Official Languages. We now look forward to providing input to Minister Joly, who is responsible for drafting the government’s proposals to modernize the act. (Read our brief here.)

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