Tag Archive for: Jean-François Roberge

QCGN to Quebec: English-speaking community part of solution, not the problem

“English-speaking Quebecers are not the enemy,” reads the open letter from QCGN President Eva Ludvig, calling for the English-speaking community to have a seat at the table in the provincial government’s action plan to protect and promote the French language. “Regardless of where we agree or disagree, the English-speaking community should be part of the process,” she adds.

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OPEN LETTER: QCGN to Quebec: English-speaking community part of the solution, not the problem

The English-speaking community should be included in the Coalition Avenir Québec’s action plan for the revitalization of the French language, writes QCGN President Eva Ludvig in an open letter to French Language Minister Jean-François Roberge. “The English-speaking community of Quebec has a role to play in the promotion and protection of the French language,” writes Ludvig.

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Open letter: CAQ’s language plan must include anglophones

The English-speaking community should be included in the Quebec government’s plan to bolster the French language, writes QCGN President Eva Ludvig in an open letter to French Language Minister Jean-François Roberge. “We can make reasonable and constructive suggestions to further this objective,” Ludvig explains. “We are part of the solution, not the problem.”

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‘We are going on the offensive,’ Roberge says of $603M action plan to promote French

More language measures unveiled Sunday morning by French Language Minister Jean-François Roberge lack a clear yardstick on how the government will gauge the health of French, says Eva Ludvig, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network. She contests the approach of using language spoken at home as the key barometer.

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Quebec groups speak out against bill protecting secularism law

“We would look to the federal government to intervene or express their concern about allowing the pre-emptive use of the notwithstanding clause by provinces,” says Sylvia Martin-Laforge, director general of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN). The QCGN was responding to Jean-François Roberge, Quebec’s minister responsible for secularism, after he tabled Bill 52 — legislation to extend the use of the notwithstanding clause for another five years to shield Bill 21, Quebec’s secularism law, from court challenges over violations of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. 

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Roberge is confident of obtaining funding for francization

Quebec French Language Minister Jean-François Roberge expresses the hope that a portion of the $4.1 billion from the federal Action Plan on Official Languages be allocated to francization. This reiterates a request he issued last spring. Such a move would set a precedent. Ottawa officials confirm they are open to discuss this subject with Quebec, with the proviso that the objective is to protect minority language communities – not to train them in French. Eva Ludvig, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network, condemns the approach adopted by the Bloc Québécois and notes that the QCGN pleaded for removal of any mention of Quebec’s Charter of the French Language from the new federal Official Languages Act because it feared negative repercussions on Quebec’s English-speaking community of a two-tier framework.

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Quebec is counting on ‘good faith’ from anglos seeking English services

Quebec French Language Minister Jean-François Roberge says that government workers will rely on the honesty of citizens who say that they are entitled to receive services in English. According to the Quebec Community Groups Network, there were some 600,000 mother-tongue English speakers identified in the 2016 census in the province, but 1.1 million Quebecers whose first official spoken language is English.

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Teach anglophones and allophones French with $137.5M from Ottawa: Roberge

The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) expresses disappointment that Jean-François Roberge, Quebec’s minister for the French language, does not see any need to use funding for the province’s Anglophones – newly earmarked under Ottawa’s fresh Action Plan for Official Languages – to support English-language community organizations in Quebec. 

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Official Languages: The money for communities must be put towards francization, says Roberge

The federal Action Plan funds destined to assist Anglophones in Quebec should be utilized for French-language instruction of the English-speaking community, said Quebec’s minister of the French language, Jean-François Roberge, to reporters in a scrum this morning.

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Federal Official Languages Plan: Roberge calls for money for English-speaking communities to be used for francization

While the approach adopted by Jean-François Roberge, Quebec minister for the French language, is disappointing, it is quite normal that some Action Plan funding is already used and will continue to be used to help francize Quebec Anglophones, Eva Ludvig, QCGN president, explains to TVA Nouvelles: “We need help. We have young people who are unemployed and who must be helped to learn French to enter the labour market.” 

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