Thank you, Madam Chair.
I would also like to thank the witnesses and the experts who are with us today to discuss this very important issue.
Several years ago, I was a social sciences student in university. At that time, it was already impossible for a student who was not able to read English to do a bachelor's degree. We are talking about social sciences, not biochemistry or health sciences, a field that Mr. Perreault mentioned. The figures the witnesses have presented to us do not give the impression that the situation has improved.
Ms. Lamoureux, earlier, you used a word that I didn't much like. You talked about researchers being "afraid" to publish in French, since they have the feeling, or even the certainty, that their publications in that language will be disseminated less and be cited less, and will have less importance. For those reasons, they tend to publish in English.
How can we reverse that trend and climb back up that slippery slope?
We can't invent new journals. In fact, the universities and research centres can do that, but not the federal government, whether here or abroad. How can we support these researchers so they publish in French when their career, from what I understand, might suffer?