Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I therefore refrain from any preamble.
First of all, thank you for being here.
Mrs. Fortier, it has been a while.
I know Mr. Déry very well, but this is the first or second time I have met Mr. Racine, I believe.
You play a very important role in the official languages file and the ensuing work. I have comments on three topics.
The first is research, an issue that always concerns me when it comes to minorities, because if we don't have the necessary data, we can't justify our arguments. Earlier, I mentioned the “by” and “for” francophones. When it comes to tourism, I don’t want to hear that we are going to do this for tourism first and then do that for francophones. I would like planning to be integrated. I'm just putting the idea out there for you.
Finally, the minister has just announced changes to the official languages regulations to confirm that more bilingual services would be available across the country, particularly at airports and stations in provincial capitals. As an example, I would like to mention Halifax airport, which, for five or six years, has had a reputation for being the worst in terms of French-language services. How will you do that? How will you ensure that you can honour that commitment?