Thank you, Mr. Lefebvre. That is a very good question.
First, I have informed my team that I was going to make sure the next action plan would include two major focuses.
The first focus will be to support the vitality of the linguistic communities. I am going to make sure that we build on a holistic approach, rather than the silo approach that was taken in the last roadmap.
The second focus will be bilingualism among the public. I do not see this as the two language groups being in competition. Both of them will contribute to maintaining healthy social cohesion in Canada, between the majority group and the minority group. They are also going to help to reaffirm the social contract I referred to in my presentation. At the very foundation of our country there is a social contract that includes our two official languages, the pluralism of our society and reconciliation with the aboriginal peoples.
Those are the two broad focuses that I want to make sure are addressed in developing the new action plan. Hubert Lussier and Jean-Pierre Gauthier are working on this.
During the public consultations, we heard four major themes.
First, there is immigration. Mrs. Boucher referred to this. It is a very important subject, because, ultimately, it is associated with the survival of our communities. I want to work with the provinces on this issue, to make sure that the federal leadership is transposed to the provincial level.
Another theme that came up often during the consultations is the need to have more funding for community and school infrastructure. I mentioned a little earlier that I had done several public consultations on official languages in several cities in Canada, but I have also gone to Saint Boniface, Halifax, and Whitehorse, where I took part in round tables with local people. I had an opportunity to see the infrastructure in question and I am aware that investments are needed.
The third theme relates to the media. The issue is how we can make sure that information generated within the communities is transmitted and contributes to the vitality of the community. This is an important question, particularly in the digital era. It should be noted that the other component of my ministerial responsibilities relates to culture and the media. The subject of media for minority language communities is therefore an important one.
The fourth and last theme is education, from early childhood to the postsecondary level.
Those are essentially the four broad themes that were raised in the consultations.