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Senate Report on English-Speaking Quebec, the first of its kind

The Chronicle-Telegraph, Amanda Halm

On March 9, 2011, the Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages released a report on Anglophone life in the Province of Quebec, entitled ”The Vitality of English Speaking Community from Myth to Reality.” It is an extensive 100-page study that reviews community life, education, health and social services, media, economic development, and more. The report was two years in the making and the result of visits to Sherbrooke, Quebec and Montreal. The committee met with more than sixty witnesses (represented by more than 200 spokepersons) at public hearings to better understand life as an Anglophone minority within a Francophone population.

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Protect minority-anglo rights, Senate tells feds

Le Bulletin d’Aylmer, Julie Murray

According to a new report from the Senate Committee on Official Languages, the federal government is failing Quebec’s English-speaking minority and not living up to its obligations under the Official Languages Act. Based on public hearings and meetings in Ottawa and across Quebec, The Vitality of Quebec’s English-Speaking Communities: From Myth to Reality” concludes that Quebec anglophones don’t have adequate support from the federal government.

”The problem could stem from a lack of commitment to the English-speaking communities on the part of federal institutions within Quebec, a lack of consultations, absence of communications about existing federal programs, a poor fit between the policies of the province and the federal government, or a lack of transparency in the use of funds transferred from one government to the other,” says the report.

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English in Quebec needs protection: Senate Report

The West Island Chronicle, Sarah Leavitt

The Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages released its findings on its two-year study of English-speaking communities in Quebec and notes that the challenge lies, not in ensuring the survival of its language, but in ”ensuring the community’s survival and supporting its vitality in all regions of Quebec.”

headed by Senator maria Chaput of Manitoba and made up of various senators, including West Islander Judith Seidman, the study geban in the winter of 2009. More than 60 people were consulted in Ottawa, Quebec City, Sherbrooke and Montreal where public hearings and informal meetings were held. The  study provides a socio-demographic profile of Quebec’s English-speaking population.

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Equal rights for Anglos

The National Post, March 14, 2011

On March 9, the Senate Committee on Official Languages criticized the federal failure to protect English language rights in Quebec. According to a new report: “Despite all the goodwill there may be on the ground, there are major disparities when it comes to access to schools, cultural products, heritage, training or jobs in English.”

The committee heard many stories last fall of discrimination in services. Examples included the failure to build an auditorium at Quebec City’s only English CEGEP, a situation the director testified “would not be tolerated at a single francophone college in Quebec City.” A leader of a Gaspé anglophone group decried the lack of English mental-health services. The committee’s chair, Senator Maria Chaput, described similar problems as a franco Manitoban. Ironically, to hear many Quebec francophones tell it, it is French that needs bolstering -and protection from English. 

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Time to abandon myths about anglos in Quebec

The Gazette, Editorial page

It remains to be seen whether the report on Quebec’s English-speaking minority released last week by the Senate’s official languages committee will make much of a difference, but it is a noble and welcome effort in aid of a community that is more typically either disdained or taken for granted.

Nearly two years in the making and backed by fact-finding visits to the main anglo population centres in the province, the report calls on the federal government to do a better job protecting the rights of the anglophone population. There was a time when such a call could reasonably have been dismissed as superfluous – and some still believe that to be the case. But the anglo population isn’t what it was in its heyday, which has been over for some decades now. Version complète…

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. 


QCGN President on Global News about the Senate Report

La présidente du QCGN, Linda Leith, était interviewée au sujet du Rapport du Comité sénatorial des langues officielles sur la communauté d’expression anglaise sur les ondes de Global Télévision hier soir. Mme Leith a parlé du fait que le rapport du Sénat, traitant entre autres des droits des anglphones au Québec, a pour résultat de briser les mythes à l’effet que les anglophones constituent une élite privilégiée. Elle mentionait que le Sénat a également soutenu les préoccupations du QCGN concernant le manque de transparence dans la manière dont le financement octroyé par le gouvernement fédéral est distribué au Québec et la manière dont il rejoint la communauté d’expression anglaise pour laquelle il est désigné.

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Feds must do more for Quebec’s Anglo rights; Senate report

Sherbrooke Record, Corrinna Pole

The perception of Quebec’s English speaking population needs to change and the federal government must do more to promote and protect its rights determined a Senate report that was released Thursday.

The 129-page report of the Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages, examined the various aspects of life for English speakers in the province, the challenges facing them and offered 16 recommendations to ensure their communities survival.

“We are trying to encourage people to make themselves and their problems known,” said Senator Maria Chaput who chaired the Committee. “(Anglophones) are a minority […] and we feel this report will give them the opportunity to say out loud what they need.” 

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Protect language rights: Senate report Official Languages Committee; Aging anglophone population no longer privileged, lags behind francophones

The Gazette, Marian Scott

English-speaking Quebecers are no longer the privileged elite they were long considered to be, says a Senate report that calls on the federal government to do a better job of protecting the rights of the anglophone minority.

The 129-page report by the Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages paints a detailed picture of Quebec’s anglophones, an aging community that, despite higher-than-average levels of education, now lags behind the francophone majority for median income.

[…] Sylvia Martin-Laforge, executive director of the Quebec Community Groups Network, hailed the report for busting the myth that English-speaking Quebecers are an over-privileged minority. “The title tells the story and we have been wanting to tell the story about those myths,” she said. “We hope the 16 recommendations give leads to the government and the community for the way forward,” she added. 

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La présidente du QCGN interviewée sur les ondes de Quebec AM pour réagir au rapport du Sénat

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