Internal ­conflict sows ­division at Quebec ­Community Groups ­Network

By Gordon Lambie

Two weeks ago, the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), an umbrella group meant to serve as a unified voice for Quebec’s English speaking communities, announced that nine of its member organizations had quit. In the time since then the number has increased to 13, with six of the organizations’ board members also publically declaring that they would no longer be involved. The groups involved include the Council for Anglophone Magdalen Islanders (CAMI), Committee for Anglophone Community Action (CASA), English Community Organization of Lanaudière (ECOL), English Language Arts Network (ELAN), Megantic English-speaking Community Development Corporation (MCDC), Neighbours Association of Rouyn-Noranda, North Shore Community Association (NSCA), Quebec Writers’ Federation (QWF), Vision Gaspé-Percé Now (VGPN), Voice of English-speaking Québec (VEQ), and the 4 Korners Family Resource Center. Brigitte Wellens, the Executive Director of VEQ, said that the decision to leave QCGN was not one made lightly. See full story in the Friday, Nov. 8 edition of The Record.

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