Mr. Chair, I've been lucky enough to be in your position and chair the Standing Committee on Official Languages. I was very proud when Stephen Harper's Conservative government introduced a program to specifically support language communities.
Members will recall Bernard Lord, who helped develop the road map to support communities and, above all, a program to support minority communities in the area of education. Unfortunately, when the Liberals came to power in 2015, it took them a long time to bring back the language rights support program. They later reinstated the court challenges program. Precious years were lost in the meantime.
For members on this side, it's important that the federal government be there when communities need help. That's the case with Laurentian University, which is in need of special support from the government; for that reason, we will be looking into the issue. Conservative members understand the importance of doing more than just talking a good game. I agree with the FCFA. The white paper contains some great stuff, but what is happening on the ground in the meantime? French is declining and post-secondary institutions offering second-language programs, especially in French, are unravelling. Laurentian University, the University of Alberta's Campus Saint-Jean and Université de Moncton all come to mind.
Mr. Jedwab, you know how important the English-speaking community is to Quebec. This may be more of a provincial concern, but what is the best way to attract French speakers to anglophone CEGEPs and universities?
Can you share your thoughts on that?