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Federal Elections 2011: In a tight race, Anglophone votes count

The Sherbrooke Record, by Linda Leith

As Quebecers prepare to head to the polls on Monday, the Quebec Community Groups Network is questionning which party, which leaders, and which candidates will best represent the interests of the English-speaking community of Quebec in Ottawa.

”The Government of Canada has an obligation under the Official Languages Act to enhance the vitality of the English-speaking community of Quebec, to support our communities and to assist in their development,” said QCGN President Linda Leith. ”The Federal Government is not doing a good job, and we should be asking all candidates in this election why not.”

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Anglos must make themselves heard

The Montreal Gazette, by Linda Leith

Linda Leith is president of the Quebec Community Groups Network, a non-profit, non-partisan group that represents the interests of English-speaking Quebecers.

As Canadians prepare to head to the polls next Monday, the Quebec Community Groups Network is questioning which party, which leaders and which candidates will best represent the interests of the English-speaking community of Quebec in Ottawa.

The concerns of that community, a group with specific challenges in finding its place in Quebec and Canada, have been largely ignored during this campaign. But as the races in many Quebec ridings heat up, all parties should be eager to court the almost one million votes held by Canadians who constitute the English-speaking minority of this province. In a tight race, our votes count.

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La présidente du QCGN à Global News au sujet du dépôt du rapport du Sénat

La présidente du QCGN Linda Leith était interviewée sur les ondes de Global TV hier pour répondre au dépôt du rapport du comité sénatorial des langues officielles du Sénat sur la communauté d’expression anglaise du Québec. Elle explique que le rapport démystiphie le stéréotype à l’effet que la communauté anglophone serait une élite privilégiée. Le Sénat a également appuyé les préoccupations du QCGN concernant la transparence liée à la façon dont les subventions du Fédéral sont attribuées au Québec, plus particulièrement auprès de la communauté anglophone. 

http://www.globalmontreal.com/video/index.html?releasePID=wuRNttazNbG6oAIdjA2a0rckIKsg_bpR

QCGN President remarks to Part VII Forum, Office of the Commission of Official Languages

QCGN President Linda Leith, who participated in a discussion on Part VII of the Official Languages Act, stated that Canada’s two official languages must enjoy equality of status and equal rights and privileges in public life. She noted this goal can only be achieved by ensuring the vitality and sustainability of the English and French linguistic minority communities, in which the two languages and their unique cultures are nurtured and protected.

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QCGN President on Global News about the Senate Report

QCGN President Linda Leith was interviewed about the Senate Report on the English-speaking Community on Global News. Leith talked about the fact that the Senate report on anglophone rights in Quebec debunks myths about Anglophones being a privileged elite. She said the Senate also supported QCGN’s concerns about transparency in how Federeal funding is delivered to Quebec and how it reaches the English-speaking community for which it is earmarked.

http://www.globalmontreal.com/video/index.html?releasePID=wuRNttazNbG6oAIdjA2a0rckIKsg_bpR

QCGN President interviewed on Quebec AM about Senate Report

Building bridges with litterature

The Montreal Gazette, Lisa Fitterman

Linda Leith steps down as head of the Blue Metropolis festival at the end of the year. In a new book, she describes the festival’s creation and development.

The boy was tattooed, with lots of metal piercings and a prickly mien. No more than 15 years old, he was one in a class of high school students whose teacher had bought them to the Blue Metropolis literary festival to participate in a writing workshop. Watching him work, festival founder Linda Leith briefly wondered what he would make of the experience. Would he be inspired? Or would he disparage it to his friends, calling it yet another “bleeping” lame exercise foisted on him by adults?

[…] So she is on to other things, to finishing the novel she has been trying to write, travelling and continuing as the volunteer president of the Quebec Communities Group Network. She’ll also be back at Blue Met, maybe even volunteering alongside a young man whose tattoos and piercings once caught her eye and made her wonder. Read more…

Building bridges with literature

 
The Montreal Gazette, Lisa Fitterman

Linda Leith steps down as head of the Blue Metropolis festival at the end of the year. In a new book, she describes the festival’s creation and development.

The boy was tattooed, with lots of metal piercings and a prickly mien. No more than 15 years old, he was one in a class of high school students whose teacher had bought them to the Blue Metropolis literary festival to participate in a writing workshop. Watching him work, festival founder Linda Leith briefly wondered what he would make of the experience. Would he be inspired? Or would he disparage it to his friends, calling it yet another “bleeping” lame exercise foisted on him by adults?

[…] So she is on to other things, to finishing the novel she has been trying to write, travelling and continuing as the volunteer president of the Quebec Communities Group Network. She’ll also be back at Blue Met, maybe even volunteering alongside a young man whose tattoos and piercings once caught her eye and made her wonder. Read more…

English Quebec’s priorities included in report on immigration

Thierry Haroun, The Gaspé Spec

”Gaspesians, Francophones and Anglophones alike are very welcoming to immigrants, ” says German born Thomas Martens.

PERCÉ – Attracting immigrants to the Québec regions, especially the Gaspé Coast is quite a challenge. Tools and financial incentives are needed to support this type of initiative. The Québec Community Groups Network (QCGN) made representations at the Federal level and its priorities have been heard.

”QCGN is pleased that Quebec’s English-speaking community was consulted and its concerns included in a House of Comons Standing Committee on Official Languages study of Immigration as a Development Tool in Official Language Minority Communities. The QCGN is especially satisfied with the recommendation that sugests Citizenship and Immigration Canada increase intergovernmental efforts to assess the needs of our community. This would provide it with financial support so that it can develop its immigration network, particularly in the regions, ” a recent press release published by the QCGN stated.

It’s also mentioned tht ”the Committee’s report notes that Citizenship and Immigration Canada should recognize that our community is a model of linguistic integration and that it recognize the specific role that our community plays in the integration of immigrants in the societies of Quebec and Canada, ” said QCGN Past-president Robert Donnelly […]

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English Quebec’s priorities included in report on immigration

Thierry Haroun, The Gaspé Spec

”Gaspesians, Francophones and Anglophones alike are very welcoming to immigrants, ” says German born Thomas Martens.

PERCÉ – Attracting immigrants to the Québec regions, especially the Gaspé Coast is quite a challenge. Tools and financial incentives are needed to support this type of initiative. The Québec Community Groups Network (QCGN) made representations at the Federal level and its priorities have been heard.

”QCGN is pleased that Quebec’s English-speaking community was consulted and its concerns included in a House of Comons Standing Committee on Official Languages study of Immigration as a Development Tool in Official Language Minority Communities. The QCGN is especially satisfied with the recommendation that sugests Citizenship and Immigration Canada increase intergovernmental efforts to assess the needs of our community. This would provide it with financial support so that it can develop its immigration network, particularly in the regions, ” a recent press release published by the QCGN stated.

It’s also mentioned tht ”the Committee’s report notes that Citizenship and Immigration Canada should recognize that our community is a model of linguistic integration and that it recognize the specific role that our community plays in the integration of immigrants in the societies of Quebec and Canada, ” said QCGN Past-president Robert Donnelly […]

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