Thank you, Madam Chair.
I'll start, and then share my speaking time with my colleague Dan Vandal.
Thank you everyone for being here today to contribute to this important study.
I'm interested in the multiculturalism policy, Ms. Aitken. I live in a rural region. In my constituency, 119 nationalities are found and 40 languages are spoken. We consider this an asset. It's extraordinary that all these nationalities are found in our region.
I want to know whether the multiculturalism policy is applied differently in the regions, in comparison with the major centres. If applicable, I want to know how the policy is adapted to the reality of rural regions.
In our region, immigration has increased significantly only in the last 10 to 12 years. Things are proceeding relatively well.
That said, I have the impression that much more effort is made to raise awareness in the major cities. In rural regions, we hear much less talk about the matter.
I want to know how people outside the major centres will be informed of the multiculturalism policy and how the policy will be adapted to the regions.