I was going to say it would be miserable and unacceptable for me to miss my four minutes of speaking time for a motion.
Good afternoon, Ms. d'Entremont and Mr. Wagg. It's always a pleasure to see you again. Thank you for your testimony. This subject is so important.
Sometimes I wonder about things. I'm going to launch a trial balloon here because sometimes I think about strategies that go beyond the norm. I'll always remember Judge Arthur J. LeBlanc, who today is the first Acadian Lieutenant-Governor of the province of Nova Scotia. At the time, he decided to retain jurisdiction in a case involving francophone schools. Everyone said he had no right to do so or to require the Government of Nova Scotia to appear before him on subsequent dates to report on its compliance with his order. The provincial government took the case to the Supreme Court of Canada, which held that Judge LeBlanc could indeed retain jurisdiction. Imagine the historic and very important precedent that set.
Sometimes I wonder whether commissioners shouldn't do the same thing. I don't really know whether it would work. However, it takes a bit of clout. We discussed this with our own commissioner.
I understand. You explained your work, your study, and your recommendations very clearly, and many of our questions don't really apply to you.
I dealt with professional associations when I was superintendent of schools in Nova Scotia's provincial Acadian school board. In my experience, only university professors have comparable autonomy and independence. From what I've observed, those associations are not very inclined to acknowledge the importance of linguistic duality.
That used to work, but it doesn't work today because something has happened. I wonder what caused the change. Did you discover it in the course of your investigation?