Townshippers’ wants better equity in funding
Representatives of the Townshippers’ Association attended the Cross-Canada Official Languages Consultations when they came to Sherbrooke on August 5th. Led by Randy Boisonnault, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, and Minister and Compton/ Stanstead MP Marie-Claude Bibeau, members of community organizations were invited to the consultation to talk about the “practical experience they have acquired in the field.”
“It was a discussion between participants. We spoke about what it was like to live and work in English in the Eastern Townships and how the Federal government can best support minority language communities,” said the Executive Director of the Townshippers’ Association, Rachel Hunting. “Our most important message was that the English population here is in a particular situation and that should be taken into consideration when policies are being written. In the new policy on Official Languages funding it is important to have better equity between the provinces.”
“I was happy to see lots of representatives at the table and they had good points. The more community organizations get involved in consultations like this, the more aware the government will be about what the local needs are,” said Ms. Hunting. “We certainly appreciate the local expertise of organizations; they are very important to us.” Phelps Aide Phelps Helps was one of the other organizations that attended the discussion.
“The community was well-represented and the roundtable format lent itself well to a more creative process. I was encouraged by the discussion,” she concluded.
A Cross-Canada Official Languages consultation was held in Quebec City on August 23rd.
Executive Director of the Townshippers’ Association,
Rachel Hunting, attended the Cross-Canada Official Languages Consultation held in Sherbrooke earlier in August.