Political organization

The president of an organization defending English-speaking interests in Quebec resigns

Changes are coming to the Quebec Community Groups Network, an English-language support group in Montreal.

QCGN President Marlene Jennings has decided not to seek another term after serving in the role for two years.

She said she had other commitments that she didn’t want to delay any longer.

“From the start, my intention was to fulfill a mandate, which was to end this spring at the AGM,” she said.

Jennings took over from the QCGN at a difficult time for the umbrella organization that promotes and defends the English-speaking community in Quebec.

Jennings’ tenure was dominated by the CAQ government’s Bill 96 (French, Official and Common Language of Quebec Act). The QCGN opposes several aspects of the law, including the use of the notwithstanding clause.

Jennings said the CAQ had put its finger on the English-speaking community.

“The QCGN has evolved into an active advocacy organization that our community and political stakeholders look to for leadership in providing evidence-based analysis on issues of importance to English-speaking Quebecers,” she said.

Eva Ludwig will replace Jennings as interim president.