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Language report stirs polarized reaction

By JAN RAVENSBERGEN, The Montreal Gazette

Hot on the heels of a federal report issued yesterday that said “far too many Canadians” can’t get federal services in the official language of their choice, the two solitudes spoke out -offering polar-opposite perspectives.  Help fix the problem by sharply boosting the number of anglophones in the federal public service within Quebec, advised Linda Leith, president of the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN). Read more…

Anglo culture menaced; Senate committee told local artists are in trouble

The Record, Sarah Rogers 

There is a noticeable lack of support and visibility for English-speaking artists in the Eastern Townships, a Senate committee was told this week.

In their presentation to the Standing Senate committee of official languages in Sherbrooke this week, Townshippers’ Association stressed that the English-language arts and culture sector in the region is important – but requires significantly more resources and support to thrive.

“We have so far been unsuccessful in accessing funds from provincial sources that could help develop projects in the arts and culture sector,” said Townshippers’ president Gerald Cutting, “and we believe that this is an area that would require further investment from the provincial government to develop more programs at the community level.” […]

The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) – which groups 36 English-language organizations across the province – has sat in on the hearings all week.

They say they want to ensure that federal institutions respect their obligations to minority language communities – particularly Quebec’s English speakers – spelled out in the Official Languages Act.

“We believe that the official language minority communities of Quebec should be provided a much greater voice in the inter-governmental arrangements that affect them,” said QCGN president Linda Leith in a release. “A key strategic interest of our community is to better understand and adjust for the impact of devolution, shared jurisdiction, and limiting federal spending power.”

Leith notes that 100 per cent of federal money transferred to Quebec for the benefit of the English-speaking community should reach its intended group in the most transparent way possible.

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Senate hearings probe life for Que. anglo minority

CBC News

Quebec City anglophones told public hearings held by a senate committee Monday that life as part of Quebec’s English minority can be difficult.

The Senate Committee on Official Languages is looking at the realities of English-speaking communities in Quebec, with particular attention to health, education, employment and cultural services.

Linda Leith, president of Quebec’s Community Groups Network (QCGN), told committee members that Ottawa needs to understand the difference between minority language rights in Quebec and in the rest of the country. Read more…



Advice for anglos: Stay optimistic

The Gazette, by Jan Ravensbergen

Across English-speaking Quebec these days, “the optimists have the upper hand” over pessimists, Graham Fraser, Canada’s commissioner of official languages, said yesterday in Montreal. He was speaking to a group of more than 80 people to help fill gaps in knowledge among the anglophone community. Read more…

Optimism on the rise, Quebec anglo told

The Gazette, by Jan Ravensbergen

MONTREAL – Within English-speaking Quebec these days, “the optimists have the upper hand,” Graham Fraser, Canada’s commissioner of official languages, said Friday […] He had departed from his prepared text to make the remarks about Sabia while speaking to a Montreal group linked with Concordia University and l’Université de Moncton. The group of more than 80 was celebrating the launch last October of the Quebec English-Speaking Communities Research Network, a fledgling network to connect academic researchers across the province. Read more…

The Roadmap for Canada’s linguistic duality 2008-2013 : A Promising Initiative for the English-speaking Communities of Quebec

MONTREAL – June 20, 2008 – Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), a not-for-profit organization bringing together 29 English language community organizations across Quebec, said today that following a preliminary review, it is pleased with the Government of Canada’s official language plan, Roadmap for Canada’s Linguistic Duality 2008-2013. English-speaking Quebecers are one of the two, national linguistic minorities recognized in Canada and the largest linguistic minority within a linguistic minority in the country. Read more…