I am pleased to be back with the committee again.
Thanks to all the witnesses for being here today.
I'm a member from British Columbia, as is my colleague Mr. Vis. It's difficult for me not to emphasize the importance of French in our history in the west. The problem doesn't arise only in Quebec and New Brunswick, but also in the west.
On the other side of the Fraser River, the first capital was Fort Langley, where there were many coureurs de bois. It's part of who we are historically. We don't want to see the use of French decline in our province or in the West. It's very important to preserve it, and I thank you for your efforts to do just that.
French used to be spoken in the countryside, in churches and in the rural communities where there were many farmers. Today, life is much more urban. It's really a struggle to preserve the use of French.
Mr. Laberge, you represent the Division scolaire franco-manitobaine. You're aware of the huge importance of French in education, training and schools. Several aspects in these areas need to be improved.
Can you explain to us how the property disposal process works? Can you give us concrete examples?
What happens with surplus buildings?
Can you tell us about what works and what doesn't?