Montréal, October 17th, 2019 – The consultation tour led by the Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier for Relations with English-speaking Quebecers, Christopher Skeete, made a stop today in Montréal. During this session, Mr. Skeete had an opportunity to spend some time with representatives of Québec’s English-speaking communities
The main goal of the tour, announced by Mr. Skeete last July, is to find out more about the needs and concerns of English-speaking Quebecers. Based on the theme Building Bridges, it will make communities more aware of the mandate of the Secrétariat aux relations avec les Québécois d’expression anglaise and the actions implemented by its partner organizations. Another goal is to ensure more effective coordination for government actions with respect to services to the English-speaking communities, including measures implemented and funded by several different government departments. While he has already travelled to New Carlisle, Québec City, Saint-Lambert and Laval as part of this series of regional consultation sessions, Mr. Skeete will also be travelling to Pointe-Claire, Sherbrooke and Gatineau.
“The improvement of the services provided for English-speaking Quebecers is a priority for our government. In my view, it is essential to go out to meet with the communities in their home territory. The Québec government’s mission to offer high-quality services to the English-speaking communities relies on its partner organizations, which are indispensable allies. I am looking forward to completing the rest of the tour and to building more bridges.”
“Historically, the Québec government has never consulted English-speaking communities to such an extent. I tell community representatives that we are « Your government » and that we are interested in the issues that matter to them.”
Christopher Skeete, Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier for relations with English-speaking Quebecers
About the Secrétariat aux relations avec les Québécois d’expression anglaise
The mission of the Secrétariat aux relations avec les Québécois d’expression anglaise is to provide liaison with the sectoral, regional and provincial groups representing English-speaking Quebecers, and to ensure that the concerns of the English-speaking communities are taken into account in government orientations and decisions, in collaboration with the government departments and agencies concerned. In order to protect the rights and promote the well-being of English-speaking Quebecers and ensure that they have full access to public services, the Secrétariat works on an ongoing basis with their representative organizations. In addition, the last budget significantly increased the funding available for various programs designed to support the initiatives proposed by a range of community groups in Québec.