Thanks, Mr. Chair.
My fellow colleagues, thank you for mentioning that Supreme Court judges must now be bilingual.
The court challenges program is a priority for Minister Joly and Minister Wilson-Raybould. When I was sitting on the Standing Committee on Official Languages, as parliamentary secretary, it was an important issue for us.
I agree with you when you say it's a benefit for the community and for the principle of access to justice. I'm happy to hear you say it.
As you know, the Standing Committee on Official Languages is studying the issue of access to justice in full compliance with the Official Languages Act. I encourage you to follow its work closely.
First, I want to make a suggestion. Then, I'll ask Ms. Chamagne a question.
We saw that the Association des collèges et universités de la francophonie canadienne, or ACUFC, wanted more francophone doctors. This association said that not enough francophones were registered in medical programs. The ACUFC then surveyed all the medical students across the country, regardless of their language of study. According to this survey, 642 francophones and francophiles said they wanted to provide services in French during their medical career. This amounts to one third of the students across the country.
I strongly encourage the justice system and your colleagues to do the same thing with all the law students, because I think assets can be found.
As you said, we can train people once they've learned the language, but not the other way around.
Ms. Chamagne, I want to know whether you've had the opportunity to work with aboriginal people or people from the LGBTQ2 community on issues concerning refugees?