Letter to the editor 4, August 15, 2019

The CAQ Anglo consultation tour

Dear Editor,

Criticism from the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) levelled against the majority Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ) government and, in particular, its point man for Anglophone relations Christopher Skeete, is nothing new.

The latest complaint, via a communiqué on July 26, was regarding an announcement of a CAQ consultation tour scheduled for this fall. The aim of the exercise is to develop an action plan geared towards the worries, needs, and wants of the English-speaking community.

In the release titled ‘QCGN expresses serious misgivings about vague government consultation plan’ president Geoffrey Chambers said the plan is "seriously flawed" and that the QCGN may not even participate in the process of the tour but may submit a brief.

This is not prudent as the QCGN has accused the CAQ of not listening to the concerns of Anglophone Quebecers.

The QCGN is an Anglo-rights advocacy group representing about 60 English-language groups. Part of its mission is, “…to encourage dialogue and collaboration.” Besides, it is funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.

The tour will probably discuss matters such as the lack of English-speaking civil servants , the need for more access to services for the elderly, and high rates of unemployment.

No doubt, the issue of the transfer of underused English schools to overcrowded French school boards, and the CAQ's campaign promise to reform schools boards will be a subject of discussion.

That's why the QCGN should not only participate, but also encourage others to get involved, in the upcoming Anglo Consultation Tour consisting of meetings to be held across the province.

Meanwhile, MNA Skeete should consider inviting those Anglos who wear only one hat - the ordinary citizen.

Chris Eustace

Pierrefonds

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