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School boards: Discussions Progress, note Anglophones

QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers said the community is skeptical following leaked information that claimed English-speaking Quebecers would be pleased with government’s plans for the future of school boards.

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Poll Shows Quebec Anglos Do Not Want School Boards Abolished

A Léger poll commissioned by the QCGN, the Quebec English School Board Association (QESBA), the Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation (CEDEC) and the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) shows that 82 per cent of English-speaking Quebecers are attached to school boards. Some 55 per cent of Quebecers, both French- and English-speaking, do not agree with a CAQ government plan to abolish them.

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Quebec’s Language Debate Poised to Roar Back to Life

Provincial political parties intent on re-igniting the language debate, QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers expresses concern. “This is a pattern of inventing problems and then spending a lot of time and energy on socially disruptive actions to create divisions and frustrations where we don’t need them.”

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Simon Jolin-Barrette Takes Over Quebec Language Portfolio in Addition to Immigration

QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers shared his thoughts on news that Immigration Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette will add French language portfolio to his job. Chambers says that “there is no problem with the French language in Quebec, but that there are problems with the way minority groups are being treated.”

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CAQ kicks off provincial tour to ‘build bridges’ with English-speaking communities

The Coalition Avenir Quebec’s provincial consultation tour with the English-speaking community begins this week. QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers says the provincial advocacy will be happy to attend and will be paying close attention to ensure the community’s interests are respected.

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Official languages: the necessary redesign

The Quebec Community Groups Network, and the Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario met with the editorial board of Le Droit. This united front emphasizes the importance of modernizing the Official Languages Act for official minority language communities.

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Anglo Group, Quebec Education Minister Meet to Discuss School Boards

Following a meeting with Education Minister Jean-François Roberge last week, representatives of Quebec’s English-speaking community are cautiously optimistic they have the government’s ear ahead of its planned school board reform. “The minister gave us a good solid hour and listened carefully to the positions of the community, which were very well expressed,” said Quebec Community Groups Network president Geoffrey Chambers, who took part in the meeting.

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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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