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Townshippers’ Association and Voice of English-speaking Québec Lend Voices to Bill 10
QUEBEC, October 22, 2014 – Following an initial rejection to present at the public hearings for Bill 10, Townshippers’ Association and Voice of English-speaking Québec (VEQ) have accepted an invitation to appear before the Health and Social Services Commission at the National Assembly in Quebec City at noon on Thursday, October 23, 2014.
Initially the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) was the only anglophone group invited to take part in the consultation on the proposed legislation which would see healthcare institutions merged and regional healthcare agencies abolished.
Townshippers’ and VEQ will now be able to take part in the consultation, but the associations will be sharing the usual hour long period allotted for presentations. To accommodate both parties, the question period will be limited to 20 minutes for each as opposed to the usual 40.
Despite the time constraints, anglophone communities will now have greater representation on this important matter, representation which would not be possible if not for the timely interventions of several members of the National Assembly.
“We are deeply indebted to our local MNA’s Mr. Guy Hardy, Provincial Deputy of Saint-Francois, Mr. Pierre Reid, MNA for Orford, Mr. Pierre Paradis, MNA for Brome-Missisquoi along with other members of the Liberal caucus who have helped to bring about this change,” said Townshippers’ President Gerald Cutting. “A careful reading of Bill 10 has led us to conclude that there are a number of concerns for the English-speaking population of the Eastern Townships. Given that all the institutions will be regrouped under one governing body, we have to ask how access to services in English will be guaranteed in the future especially if there is no provision for representation from the local English communities.”
Presenting on behalf of Townshippers’ Association will be Mr. Cutting, Rachel Hunting, Executive Director, Heather Bowman, Director, and James Kanner, Director.
Presenting on behalf of Voice of English-speaking Québec will be Jean-Sébastien Gignac, Executive Director, Taylor Ireland, President, and Helen Walling, Board Member.
About Townshippers’ Association
Townshippers’ Association is a non-profit, non-partisan community organization focused on promoting and supporting the interests of the English-speaking minority community of the historical Eastern Townships since 1979. Through a variety of initiatives, Townshippers’ works to strengthen the community and culture of English-speaking Townshippers, open doors of opportunity for youth and promote access to health, social and other services in English. For more on the Association and its activities, connect online at Townshippers.org or contact Townshippers’ head office in Sherbrooke at 100 – 257 Queen St. 819-566-5717 (toll free: 1-866-566-5717) or branch office in Lac-Brome at 3-584 Knowlton Rd. 450-242-4421 (toll free: 1-877-242-4421).
About Voice of English-speaking Québec
VEQ is an autonomous, non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of a dynamic English-speaking community in the Greater Québec City region and to the promotion of its interests. We welcome newcomers, sponsor community celebrations, research needs, inform citizens, provide support and services for seniors, coordinate youth projects, and promote the interests of the community by providing a framework for effective action. For more information, please visit us online at veq.ca or our Facebook page or call 418-683-2366.
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