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Brief regarding Bill 10:
An Act to modify the organization and governance of the health and social services network,
in particular by abolishing the regional agencies
October 20th, 2014
From the outset it should be clearly understood that it is not our goal to call into question much-needed reforms in the health and social service sectors. Such reforms are necessary to redirect public spending in these areas, in order to ensure that quality services are available to all citizens, both now and in the foreseeable future. The accumulated debt of Quebec is of concern to all Quebecers, whether they be French or English, residing in an urban or rural setting.
Our mandate and mission as an Association is to speak on behalf of the members of the English-speaking population who live and work in the historical Eastern Townships of rural Quebec (Administrative region 05 and parts of 12, 16, and 17). As a consequence of being a linguistic minority in a rural setting, the English-speaking population is confronted with a number of pressing issues relating to poverty, unemployment, higher-than-average school dropout rates, and outward migration. With these factors in mind, access to health care in English is a major concern.