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QCGN pleased with renewed support for English-speaking Quebecers

The Quebec Community Groups Network is pleased that in today’s provincial budget, the Coalition Avenir Québec government has invested more money in our community.

The QCGN hopes increased funding will help the Secretariat to fulfil its role better to serve as a conduit for our community to have full access to government ministries and agencies in order to counter unintended negative effects of government legislation, regulations and policies on Quebec’s English-speaking community

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QCGN Welcomes New Budget Measures for English-speaking Quebecers

Montreal – March 27, 2018 – The Quebec Community Groups Network is pleased that the government is investing many millions toward supporting the vitality of Quebec’s English-speaking minority community.

QCGN had high expectations for today’s budget, following a first-ever pre-budget consultation with Quebec’s English-speaking community and a comment from Finance Minister Carlos Leitão following that meeting that his budget “would address some specific needs of a very important component of our society.”

Organizations representing Quebec’s English-speaking minority told Leitão that more money should go to the newly created Secretariat for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers, so it can be more muscular and effective in ensuring that services to which we are entitled are delivered and that our rights are respected.

And he delivered.

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Finance Minister Carlos Leitão gets earful from English-speaking community

English-speaking community groups used rare face time with the province’s finance minister on Wednesday to make a pitch for more funding and to reveal a litany of bureaucratic roadblocks they have encountered in trying to ensure services for the minority.

But while cagey on what he will deliver in the provincial budget to be tabled this month, Carlos Leitão argued the money may already be there and just needs to funnelled better.

“In a general sense, there will be a section in the budget that will address the issues the community has raised and will address the fact we now have a secretariat (for the English-speaking community),” Leitão told reporters.

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