Cross-Canada Of­fi­cial Lan­guages Con­sul­ta­tions 2016

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion

Last Friday, Randy Bois­son­nault, Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary to the Min­is­ter of Cana­dian Her­itage led a round­table in Sher­brooke, Que­bec, with the Hon­ourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Min­is­ter of In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment and La Fran­co­phonie and Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment (Comp­ton-Stanstead). Mr. Bois­son­nault led the round­table on be­half of the Hon­ourable Mélanie Joly, Min­is­ter of Cana­dian Her­itage.

The round­table brought to­gether of­fi­cial-lan­guages stake­hold­ers-no­tably some key fig­ures from Que­bec's An­glo­phone com­mu­nity-who wanted to talk to the elected of­fi­cials about the prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence they had ac­quired in the field.

These con­sul­ta­tions will pro­vide Min­is­ter Joly with food for thought on key is­sues and pri­or­ity mea­sures to adopt in developing a new multi-year of­fi­cial-lan­guages ac­tion plan. The Min­is­ter in­vites all Cana­di­ans to take part in these con­sul­ta­tions and to share their opin­ions or com­ments on the role of English and French in Cana­dian so­ci­ety. We­b­casts of the con­sul­ta­tions can be viewed at the fol­low­ing links: - in English: Canada.ca/of­fi­cial-lan­guages-con­sul­ta­tion - in French: Canada.ca/con­sul­ta­tion-langues-of­fi­cielles "My man­date is to de­velop a new multi-year ac­tion plan for of­fi­cial lan­guages in or­der to re­ju­ve­nate gov­ern­ment ac­tion, es­pe­cially when it comes to sup­port­ing English and French­s­peak­ing mi­nori­ties. Our ap­proach is based on open and ac­ces­si­ble con­sul­ta­tions with Cana­di­ans and on sin­cere co­op­er­a­tion with key stake­hold­ers," com­mented the Hon­ourable Mélanie Joly, Min­is­ter of Cana­dian Her­itage.

"While in Sher­brooke, the Queen of the East­ern Town­ships, I want to un­der­line the im­por­tance of in­clud­ing English-lan­guage mi­nor­ity com­mu­ni­ties in these con­sul­ta­tions. They face chal­lenges that are unique in Canada, and their vi­sion of what lies ahead for our two of­fi­cial lan­guages is very in­for­ma­tive," said Randy Bois­son­nault, Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary to the Min­is­ter of Cana­dian Her­itage.

"The dis­cus­sions and ideas we have heard to­day con­firm the im­por­tance of our go­ing out into our com­mu­ni­ties to meet with Cana­di­ans and ob­tain their feed­back about of­fi­cial lan­guages. This di­rect con­tact in the field is very im­por­tant to us, and it will be ex­tremely use­ful as we work to de­velop the Gov­ern­ment of Canada's next of­fi­cial-lan­guages ac­tion plan," com­mented the Hon­ourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Min­is­ter of In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment and La Fran­co­phonie.

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