Anglo groups getting some Quebec government cash

Anglos

Community organizations are starting to see some of the money budgeted for Quebec's new Anglophone Affairs Secretariat with the minister responsible Kathleen Weil promising more to come.

Weil announced $950,000 over two years will go towards five groups that help support English-speaking communities in the province, specifically for projects to deal with issues raised during recent public consultations:

• $350,000 for Concordia University's Quebec English-speaking Communities Research Network (QUESCREN);
• $230,000 for umbrella group Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN);
• $230,000 for English-Language Arts Network (ELAN)
• $80,000 for the Council for Anglophone Magdalen Islanders (CAMI);
• $60,000 for the Eastern Townships Resource Centre (ETRC).

Weil said at a news conference at Concordia University to expect more announcements in the weeks to come including a project involving McGill University and an action plan for her secretariat by the end of spring.

ELAN said it will use the money to support arts education in 10-15 schools in the province.

CAMI said it will use the money to develop a "social economy organization" for job creation and to help keep youth in the region.

The ETRC said it will use the funds to promote the history of the region, "offer educational materials focusing on its Anglophone history" and preserve archives and artefacts.

QUESCREN co-director Chedly Belkhodja said they will be able to do more research and develop programs on issues such as keeping more English-speaking graduates in the province and hiring more Anglos in the civil service.

The money comes from the new $25-million budget for the secretariat.