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Bill 10 becomes law by this weekend

By Angelica Montgomorety, The Gazette

Anglophones have been eyeing bill 10 with caution ever since it was tabled in September.

The legislation will get rid of most local health administrations, including the ones traditionally run by and for members of the English-speaking community.

The bill has now been creeping through the typical steps toward becoming law for months.

Now, Liberals say the work is so painfully slow that they must now resort to an exceptional procedure, officially known as invoking closure, but more commonly called the “gag order.”

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Gaétan Barrette says he’s aware anglophone-rights groups fear loss of service, control over hospitals

The Laval News

Quebec Health Minister promises solutions for anglophone community

Quebec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette says he and his officials are working with anglophone groups to address the community’s concerns over his massive health reform. He says a solution is imminent to relieve their worries.

Since the day the Barrette introduced his overhaul of the health care system, anglophone-rights groups decried the lack of protection for English-speakers and their health institutions, including hospitals, in the bill.

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QCGN awaiting Bill 10 amendments with concern

By Gordon Lambie, The Record

Sylvia Martin-Laforge, Director General of the Quebec Community Groups Network says that it remains to be seen whether or not the perceived crisis surrounding Bill 10’s treatment of the Anglophone community has passed.

The QCGN reacted with concern last week as the National Assembly’s Commission on Health and Social Services reconvened to continue a clause-by-clause review of the bill, stating that the amendments announced to date had not done enough to ensure the reform will allow anglophones to maintain an acceptable level of input and control over their institutions.

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QCGN worried Bill 10 amendments will not save our institutions

Press release

While leaders in Quebec’s English-speaking community were cautiously optimistic in early December that amendments to Quebec’s health reform would allow the community to maintain an acceptable level of input and control over their institutions, that hope is fading as the Commission on Health and Social Services reconvenes today to continue the clause by clause review of Bill 10.

Despite the reassurances offered in early December by Health and Social Services Minister Gaétan Barrette, amendments tabled to date do not adequately ensure the protection of the English-speaking community’s hospitals, nursing homes and social service centres or preserve the community’s role in their governance.

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Five things to know about Bill 10

By Geoffrey Vendeville, The Gazette

Gaétan Barrette didn’t waste much time before making waves as Quebec’s new health minister.

In the second week of the fall legislative session, he rolled out a bill to shake up the province’s health-care system.

It didn’t take long before the francophone press dubbed it “La révolution Barrette.”

Spanning 70 pages and 165 articles, Bill 10 is almost as complex as it is controversial. To make matters even more complicated, the government proposed 160 amendments in December.

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Quebec’s health minister tables Bill 10 amendments

By Caroline Plante, Global News Montreal

Quebec’s Health Minister has tabled amendments to his controversial Bill 10.

The bill aims to merge boards of directors of healthcare institutions across the province to save at least $220 million.

Health Minister Gaétan Barrette said Monday he is convinced his amendments will satisfy the English-speaking community.

Barrette explained he has put four additional “protections” in the bill.

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Thousands of Quebecers sign petition seeking changes to Bill 10

Montreal – November 26, 2014 – 

The campaign for amendments to Bill 10 reached another peak this week as an online petition against the proposed legislation hit more than 9000 signatures. And that number is increasing day by day as the public becomes increasingly aware of the significant impacts the proposed legislation would have on the health and social service institutions that were built and supported by the English-speaking community and have served the community for many generations.

The petition expresses deep concerns with Bill 10 and the speed with which the government is moving forward to adopt the wide-ranging legislation that will have profound impacts on our community’s vitality and identity. It also noted that the dissolution of the current institutional network and the centralizing of control of the system will have profound consequences for English-speaking and other minority communities with respect to their historical attachment to their institutions and their participation in the public system.

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QCGN rallying the troops over Bill 10 debate

By Gordon Lambie, The Record

The Quebec Community Groups Network came out swinging on Monday morning in its ongoing effort to raise the profile of English rights in the debate over Bill 10.

At a press conference, QCGN was joined by 45 other English organizations, institutions and individuals in calling for, “serious and substantial changes,” to the government’s proposed health care reform based on the premise that the bill, if passed into law in its current form, would have a devastating effect on the vitality and identity of English communities across the province.

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QCGN calls for slow implementation of Bill 10

Global News

The QCGN is calling on Quebec’s Health Minister to delay implementation of his plans to transform the health and social services system to ensure proper consideration of English-speaking community concerns.

 

Dozens of anglo organizations team up to say no to healthcare reform

By CTV Montreal

The battle against Bill 10 is intensifying as dozens of groups are uniting to speak out against the proposed healthcare reform legislation.

More than three dozen groups, including community organizations and school boards argue Bill 10 could have a devastating impact on English-speaking communities and the bilingual status of health institutions.

Bill 10 will revamp healthcare throughout Quebec by merging boards and slashing the number of administrators and managers.

To watch CTV Montreal’s report on the press conference, click here.