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The Illusion of Symmetry Between Linguistic Minorities in Canada

Commenting on a partnership agreement between the Quebec Community Groups Network, l’Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario and the Société de l’Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick Political scientists Rémi Léger, Linda Cardinal et Michel Doucet argued that symmetry between French and English minority communities is illusionary. They argue some communities are more of a minority that others.

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Rapprochement between Franco-Ontarians and Acadians with Quebec Anglos creates controversy

The agreement signed between the Quebec Community Groups Network, la Société de l’Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick and the Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario led to some heated social media exchanges. Many questioned the need and effectiveness of such an agreement.

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A Risky Agreement

Le Droit columnist Denis Gratton remains cautious on the agreement signed by QCGN, La Société de l’Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick and the Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario. Although he applauds the organizations for standing in solidarity, he expresses concern this could lead to many French-speakers in Quebec feeling alienated from the rest of the Francophonie.

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Minority communities want official languages to be an election issue

Organizations which represent the three largest official language minority communities in the country want their issues to be at the forefront during the upcoming federal elections. For the first time, the Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO), the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), and the Société de l’Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick (SANB) have signed an agreement to work together.

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Franco-Ontarians and Acadians form a coalition with Quebec Anglos

OTTAWA – The Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO), and the Société de l’Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick (SANB) have signed an agreement with the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) to work together for the “progress and the protection of linguistic rights”. Considering that “an attack against one of our communities is an attack against all of us”, according to Geoffrey Chambers, president of the QCGN, the three organizations have signed a renewable one-year agreement to discuss common actions.

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SANB joins Franco-Ontarians and English-speaking Quebec in coalition

New-Brunswick Acadians, English-speaking Quebecers and Franco-Ontario united their strengths. A historical memorandum of understanding was signed to defend the linguistic rights of official language minority communities. The Société de l’Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick (SANB), the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), and the Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) now form a coalition in the defense of linguistic rights.

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SANB enters into an agreement with Franco-Ontarians and English-speaking Quebecers

A memorandum of understanding has been signed between the Société de l’Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick (SANB), the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), and the Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO). The three organizations plan to work together to defend the rights of official language minority communities.

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Anglos, Francophones sign deal to work together on minority language rights

Quebec anglophones have banded together with francophones in New Brunswick and Ontario to protect and promote the rights of official minority language communities. The Société de l’Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick, the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) and the l’Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario called the partnership the first of its kind in Canada. At a news conference in Ottawa, the three groups said they have signed a memorandum of understanding to work together more closely despite the language divide.

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Quebec anglophone organization says province is ‘intruding on community rights’

Christopher Skeete, Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier for Relations with English-Speaking Quebecers, responds to criticism by QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers regarding the Secretariat for English-speaking Quebecers and the Coalition Avenir Québec’s attitude towards English school boards.

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English-speaking community groups rally to fight CAQ plan to close school boards

QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers cites Supreme Court ruling to define English-speaking community coalition’s determination to fight CAQ plan to eliminate province’s school boards. “The court,” said Chambers, “… ruled that minority language communities have the right to control and manage the educational facilities in which their children are taught both to ensure and enable that their language and culture can flourish.”

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