Anglos must ensure their rights are respected

Fighting for the survival of its institutions is of key importance for the vitality of English-speaking Quebec, QCGN Director General Sylvia Martin-Laforge said in an interview with CTV Montreal. Alliance Quebec founder Eric Maldoff said English-speaking Quebecers suffer from “benign neglect” on the part of government. Maldoff, Martin-Laforge and Official Languages Commissioner Graham Fraser contend Anglophones must get involved and fight for their rights. They also said the Quebec government needs to create a structure to look out for the interests of its minority language community.

Watch the interview with Alliance Quebec founder Eric Maldoff
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Quebec anglos need to push for their rights: Official Languages Commissioner

“Quebec anglophones, like French-speakers elsewhere in Canada, need to be vigilant about ensuring their rights and needs are respected, says Canada’s outgoing Commissioner of Official Languages.”

The Montreal Gazette editorial board interviewed Graham Fraser as he concludes his 10-year mandate as Commissioner of Official Languages.

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Language rights should not be sacrificed

Editorial, The Gazette

Official Languages Commissioner Graham Fraser’s annual report is a barometer gauging the state of official bilingualism in Canada, and the latest edition indicates the situation got a little worse last year for French- and English-speaking minorities across the country.

Released this week, the report revealed that complaints rose slightly, with 476 filed in 2013-14 compared to 415 the previous year; the majority — 59 per cent — were related to the delivery of public services in both official languages; and 82 per cent came from francophones.

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Difficile d’être servi en anglais à la RAMQ

La Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec a une politique qui favorise à tout prix le français dans les communications avec sa clientèle. Au détriment de la sécurité des citoyens, selon certains groupes sociaux. La Presse dresse le portrait de pratiques qualifiées «d’intimidantes», par des anglophones de Montréal.
Lorsque Jasmine Papillon-Smith a appelé la Régie de l’assurance maladie (RAMQ) cette semaine, elle a été choquée du message d’accueil qu’elle a reçu. «La Régie vous informe qu’elle communique d’abord en français avec sa clientèle.» Un message qu’elle n’hésite pas à qualifier de tentative d’intimidation.
«Ça m’a frappée, c’était vraiment impoli. J’ai eu l’impression qu’on me disait que même si je suis malade, puisque je suis anglophone, je devrais attendre, qu’on ne veut pas me parler. C’est vraiment déplacé, insultant venant de la RAMQ qui offre des services essentiels», a souligné la jeune femme de 21 ans, étudiante à l’Université Concordia.
Depuis janvier 2012, la RAMQ a adopté une nouvelle politique linguistique en matière de service à la clientèle.
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LRSP unveils new website

The Language Rights Support Program (LRSP) launched its new website this week. Language and constitutional rights are complex. The new website aims to clarify legal information and make the  funding application process easier to follow and understand.

We encourage you to browse through their new website to find out more about your linguistic rights!

Keep centre bilingual: lobby

Rehab facility’s status concerns anglo group

The Gazette, Philip Authier

A Montreal rehabilitation centre should be allowed to retain its bilingual status even if it does not have the required numbers under the law, a group representing English-speakers across Quebec says.

“If they were being generous about an institution that already had status, why would they not continue to give the new institution status?” said Sylvia Martin-Laforge, executive director of the Quebec Community Groups Network. Read more…

Two Quebecers to sit on panel for language rights support program

The Gaspe Spec

The Quebec Community Groups Network is pleased to announce that two representatives of Quebec minority English-language community have been named by the Honourable James moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, to serve on the Panel of Experts of the Language Rights Support Program (LRSP).

Montreal attorney Richard McConomy and Gaspé health-care advocate Brad McDonald were both named to the panel that will administer the LRSP which replaces the Courta Challenges Program. Read more…

New Democrats turn their backs on anglos

The Gazette

If the New Democrats want to poke anglophone Quebecers in the eye, they have every right to do so. But they should at least have the courage to admit what they’re doing.  Last week New Democrats in Parliament – including Tom Mulcair, MP for Outremont and the party’s Quebec caucus – voted to diminish anglophone language rights in Quebec. At issue was a Bloc resolution – defeated, because the Liberals sided with the Conservatives – that would have made the federal government abandon what control it has over the language of work in Quebec. […] This time the estimable Quebec Community Groups Network was ready for that sleight of hand, with its own legal opinion suggesting that the Bloc motion, if enacted, would indeed cut into the protection the federal Official Languages Act offers to linguistic minorities. Read more…

Bid to protect French in Quebec threatens minorities elsewhere

The Gazette, Mike De Souza

OTTAWA — Despite the defeat of an attempt in Parliament to apply Quebec’s French language charter to federal laws there is still a threat to the rights of minority groups across the country that won’t go away, says a network of English-speaking organizations from across the country. Read more…

New program to defend minority language rights

Canwest News Service, Mike De Souza

OTTAWA – The Conservative government has told Canada’s English- and French-speaking minority communities it will create a watchdog panel to defend their language rights when ti launches a new $1.5-million legal support program, Canwest News Service has learned.

The new program, which would replace a court challenges program for minority rights that was scrapped by the Stephen Harper government in 2006, is expected to be up and running by the end of 2009. Officials from the Department of Canadian Heritage provided some of the details during a recent meeting with board members of an umbrella group representing Quebec’s anglophone population.

”The news is looking pretty interesting,” said Robert Donnelly, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network. ”The announcement will be made, we’re told, in the next few days.” Read more…