Town­ship­pers’ wants bet­ter eq­uity in fund­ing

Stanstead Journal - - STANSTEAD JOURNAL - Vic­to­ria Vanier

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.

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