Evidence of meeting #36 for Official Languages in the 41st Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament’s site, as are the minutes.) The winning word was quebec.

A recording is available from Parliament.

On the agenda

MPs speaking

Also speaking

  • Jennifer Johnson  Executive Director, Community Health and Social Services Network
  • James Carter  Program and Policy Advisor, Community Health and Social Services Network
  • John Aylen  President, Board of Directors, Youth Employment Services
  • Iris Unger  Executive Director, Youth Employment Services
  • Kevin O'Donnell  President, Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network
  • Matthew Farfan  Executive Director, Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network
  • Roderick MacLeod  Past President, Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network
  • Paule Langevin  Project Director, Community Learning Centre Inititative, Leading English Education and Resource Network
  • Debbie Horrocks  Assistant Project Director and Community Liaison Coordinator, Community Learning Centre Initiative, Leading English Education and Resource Network

9:25 a.m.

Conservative

Jacques Gourde Lotbinière—Chutes-de-la-Chaudière, QC

Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.

I want to thank you all for being here this morning. Your cooperation and your testimony will greatly assist us in preparing a good study.

I also want to thank Ms. Paule Langevin for her invitation. Perhaps we can speak after the meeting to decide on a date.

I would also like to thank the representatives from the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network; you are doing excellent work which is so very important. In my riding, the Irish and Scottish communities have really made an exceptional contribution to the history of the area. It is a lovely story. If you have any lines to share, I would like to take the time to read them and perhaps publicize them in my riding.

I would like to give each of the four groups an opportunity to say, in a minute or a minute and a half, what the priorities of the next roadmap should be so that each of your organizations can move forward.

You may begin.

9:25 a.m.

Program and Policy Advisor, Community Health and Social Services Network

James Carter

Good morning, Mr. Gourde.

Before answering, I would also like to invite you to come and visit our community network, the MCDC, in Lévis.

As for the next commitment periods, we have set out our priorities mainly with the Department of Health. Within the framework of the roadmap and the action plan, we have established very important language training programs for francophone professionals in the 18 network communities. It is important that each of these community networks work with the CSSs and other government institutions in the region. We simply want to ensure that the communities can pursue their partnerships with the Quebec public system.

It's very simple: there is a community focus designed to ensure that anglophones participate in the health system. For the province of Quebec, the resources must be in place to ensure the proper human resources in the public system. If things continue along those lines, the results will be impressive.

9:30 a.m.

Conservative

Jacques Gourde Lotbinière—Chutes-de-la-Chaudière, QC

Thank you.

9:30 a.m.

Executive Director, Youth Employment Services

Iris Unger

One of the issues that I think is coming up quite clearly is our dependency upon each other in terms of our partnerships. We're starting to create a mosaic, and I think pulling out any one piece is going to create ripples in the whole community.

I think some of the work that has been done over the past few years has really created a synergy that's really important. I think we're talking about sustainability and continuity around our programs.

The other main issue would be help in figuring out models so that we could access financial resources to provide services, particularly to youth and to work around the provincial mandate. I look at the CHSSN model, where moneys are going specifically to the province and are earmarked for the minority community in Quebec.

So looking at new models of ways of being able to service who we need to service in our communities, in the way that we need to service them....

9:30 a.m.

President, Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network

Kevin O'Donnell

I'd like to echo that QAHN is involved as well in partnerships with other organizations, as well as our 90 members, by the way, who are listed on the back of our brief. For example, we work with the Community Learning Centres. They're an important partner in our present-day activities.

We have a number of challenges coming up in the future. Certainly, we relied on the cultural development fund of the Feuille de route for funding for a number of our projects.

In regard to some of the challenges we have today, one is to engage youth, for example. It's important that our young people be aware of and appreciate

…their identity as Quebeckers, Canadians and Anglo-Canadians; they have several identities.

We are one of the organizations. Our projects can help them understand one aspect of that project.

Of course, a lot of the boomers are retiring now—it's quite interesting—and they're looking for projects to become involved in. This is a whole other area that I think has tremendous potential for us in the history and heritage community to tap into, again, to build up this all-important sense of identity that we have as Canadians, Quebeckers, and as anglo Quebeckers.

9:30 a.m.

Project Director, Community Learning Centre Inititative, Leading English Education and Resource Network

Paule Langevin

The community learning centres would not exist without their partners. It is as simple as that. We absolutely need a coordinator in each of our centres in order to manage all of these collaborations. The roadmap is very important to us. It is very important that we keep a coordinator in each of our schools. Thank you.

9:30 a.m.

Conservative

The Chair Michael Chong

Thank you, Mr. Gourde.

I will now give the floor to Mr. Bélanger.

9:30 a.m.

Liberal

Mauril Bélanger Ottawa—Vanier, ON

Thank you, Mr. Chair.

Welcome, everyone; Madame Langevin.

Monsieur MacLeod, you're the past president, right?

9:35 a.m.

Past President, Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network

April 5th, 2012 / 9:35 a.m.

Liberal

Mauril Bélanger Ottawa—Vanier, ON

I would argue that the reason you saw this positive evolution between the Plan d'action and the Feuille de route is because there was a very thorough professional evaluation done twice on the Plan d'action. It was mid-way, which apparently hasn't happened yet for the Feuille de route and which was supposed to be happening—none of the departments have completed their studies, unfortunately—and at the end of it. The lessons learned from that thorough professional assessment were applied. Also, previous incarnations of this committee took on the Heritage department in particular for multi-year funding. So kudos are to be given to the committee, and for the evaluation of the Plan d'action.

I'm a little concerned that we're not going to get the same kind of evolution on Feuille de route 2, if there is one, and there will be, because Minister Valcourt has already said there will be one.

This is it for the evaluation. I'm not sure every member here will read all of the briefs you've left us, and seven minutes of presentation is a far, far cry from a thorough professional evaluation. That has to be put on there.

I hope we will somehow concoct something on which we can progress as we go forward for our communities.

Having said that,

…I have a few questions.

I'm intrigued about the Community Health and Social Services Network's 2 and 4: African Canadian development on Montreal Island, and the Saint-Léonard Italian Canadian community. Am I to understand that these communities mostly tend towards being anglophones?

9:35 a.m.

Executive Director, Community Health and Social Services Network

Jennifer Johnson

The Saint-Léonard network, the REISA, is serving all of the English-speaking community in the east end of Montreal. The name doesn't quite describe properly the population it serves, but it's the English-speaking community in the east end of Montreal.

9:35 a.m.

Liberal

Mauril Bélanger Ottawa—Vanier, ON

So it's not the Italian Canadian community?

9:35 a.m.

Executive Director, Community Health and Social Services Network

Jennifer Johnson

They were the sponsor organization for the network. They were the ones who received the funding and supported the network that developed in that region.

9:35 a.m.

Liberal

Mauril Bélanger Ottawa—Vanier, ON

What about the other one?

9:35 a.m.

Executive Director, Community Health and Social Services Network

Jennifer Johnson

The African Canadian is our first network that is focused on a basically cultural community. This is a network that is serving the black English-speaking community. I think it's in five CSSS territories in Montreal.

It is a unique network that we have, but it is very focused in terms of the population it serves.