I call this meeting to order.
Welcome to the 34th meeting of the Standing Committee on Official Languages.
Pursuant to the standing order of Monday, May 30, 2022, the committee is resuming its study of Bill C‑13, An Act to amend the Official Languages Act, to enact the Use of French in Federally Regulated Private Businesses Act and to make related amendments to other Acts.
Today's meeting is in hybrid format pursuant to the motion adopted by the House on June 23, 2022. Members may take part in person or through Zoom.
To ensure an orderly meeting, I would like to outline a few rules for the witnesses and the members who are here with us today.
Before speaking, please wait until I recognize you by name. If you are on the videoconference, please click on the microphone icon to unmute yourself. Please mute your mike when you are not speaking.
To hear the interpretation, those participating through Zoom have the choice, at the bottom of their screen, of three channels: the floor, English or French. Members attending in person in the room can use their headset after selecting the desired channel.
A reminder that all comments by members and witnesses should be addressed through the chair.
Members in the room who wish to speak need only raise their hands. Members participating via the Zoom application must use the “Raise Hand” function. The clerk of the committee and I will do our best to keep the list of speakers in order. Thank you for your patience and understanding in this regard.
Pursuant to our routine motion, I wish to inform the committee that all witnesses have completed the required login test prior to the meeting.
I would now like to welcome our witnesses.
To start with, we will be hearing, as an individual, Mr. Roger Lepage, who is a lawyer, as well as Mr. Étienne‑Alexis Boucher, the president of Droits collectifs Québec.
Throughout the meeting, we will proceed interactively and have the members ask questions of the witnesses.
To the witnesses: you will each have five minutes to make an opening statement. Afterwards, there will be a round of questions.
I would like to warn you that I will be quite strict with my timekeeping.
On that note, we will start with Mr. Lepage.
Mr. Lepage, you have five minutes.