Our community has the Constitutional right to manage and control our schools. The Coalition Avenir Québec government has taken this right away from our English-speaking community – and together we must fight to take back this fundamental right. All nine of our English school boards along with the Quebec English School Boards Association have launched a legal challenge to quash Bill 40. This controversial legislation abolishes our democratically elected school boards and transforms them into government-controlled service centres. Our legal action declares that this upheaval of our education system contravenes our linguistic minority community’s right to manage and control our school system. This foundational right, under Section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, guarantees education in one of Canada’s two official languages. It is an essential element of linguistic duality, a cornerstone of our national identity. It took French parents in British Columbia five years to win another case that solidified minority-language education rights. Just like our West Coast counterparts, we are in this for the long haul. This is bound to be a long and costly fight. Please consider making a contribution to the Go Fund Me campaign to support this legal action to defend the Constitutional rights of Quebec’s English-speaking community and advance the minority-language rights of all Canadians. Any donation, big or small, is appreciated – but most importantly a large number of donors will unequivocally demonstrate to our governments that we believe in our rights and we will fight to protect them. Please contribute what you can and help us get the news out by sharing this appeal extensively throughout your networks.
Rather than picking fights with our community, we urge the Legault government to alter course, work with us, and cease defining us as a problem, writes QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers in this opinion piece for The Gazette. Chambers argues that today’s English-speaking community is invested in Quebec. We have encouraged and enabled our children to develop French-language skills. We accept and celebrate the predominance of French as the linguistic and cultural norm here. We don’t see ourselves, our language, or our culture as something bad that must be suppressed. Our community’s bilingualism is an asset to be celebrated — as multilingualism is applauded in any European country. Read more
“Over the coming weeks,” Geoff Kelley, chairperson of APPELLE-Québec says, “we will be preparing our case, recruiting parents and others to participate as plaintiffs, and determining who will be intervening on behalf of the community.” The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) is part of the steering committee.
Newcomers and others deemed to not be part of the “historic English-speaking community” will see drastic cuts to services provided in English. QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers criticizes new language restrictions suggested by Simon Jolin-Barrette, Minister responsible for French language.
English Language Arts Network Executive Director Guy Rodgers explains why the organization resigned from the QCGN.
The English Language Arts Network (ELAN) becomes the latest member to quit the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN). At least 11 member groups have left, The Montreal Gazette reports.
In the mist of an important internal crisis, the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) accused the CAQ government Monday of leading a “clandestine” campaign in an attempt to “destabilize” it.
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Premier François Legault rejects allegations his government is attempting to destabilize the leadership of the Quebec Community Groups Network, writes Philip Authier of The Montreal Gazette.
The defection of nine member organizations from the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) speaks to the complicated job of representing anglophone interests in unsettling times, columnist Allison Hanes writes in The Montreal Gazette. Rising tensions break into open warfare, as the QCGN accuses the government of Premier François Legault of trying to sabotage its coalition and seeking to divide anglophones at a sensitive juncture.
Nine English-speaking community groups from across Quebec have resigned from the Quebec Community Groups Network last week, amid concerns over the organization’s approach and calls for its President to step down.
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