The Quebec Community Groups Network encouraged by Throne Speech

    MONTREAL, Oct. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - The Quebec Community Groups Network
(QCGN) sees encouraging signs from the Speech from the Throne.
    "We are pleased that the Government of Canada supports the common value
of linguistic duality, and intends to develop a strategy for the next phase of
the Action Plan on Official Languages. From a national official language
minority community perspective and for the English-speaking communities of
Quebec specifically, this is encouraging news which will help ensure the
vitality of our communities," said Bob Donnelly, President of the QCGN.
    The Action Plan for Official Languages, launched in March of 2003, has
had positive impacts for all Canadians. For the QCGN, and the English-speaking
communities of Quebec, this policy and its initiatives have been key elements
for community development and community vitality.
    In light of some of the questions raised with respect to the spending
powers of federal and provincial governments, the QCGN sees an opportunity for
all levels of government to come together in supporting official language
minority communities in Canada. For Sylvia Martin-Laforge, Director-General of
the QCGN, "The English-speaking communities of Quebec and indeed official
language minority communities across Canada need the support of all levels of
government. The QCGN will continue to remind all levels of government of their
responsibilities towards our communities. Federal and provincial governments
must work together to support the English-speaking communities of Quebec."

    The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), a not-for-profit organization
bringing together numerous English-speaking sector and community organizations
across Quebec. For more information on the QCGN, please visit our website at

For further information:

For further information: Kevin Dobie, Director of Communications, QCGN,
(514) 868-9044, extension 223,

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