Madam Speaker, I have the honour to table, in both official languages, the ninth report of the Standing Committee on Official Languages.
Pursuant to reference order made by the House of Commons on March 20, 2003, your committee has considered Bill C-202 and agreed, on Wednesday, October 29, 2003, to report its observations and recommendations to the House.
Pursuant to Standing Order 109, the committee requests that the government table a comprehensive response to this report.
This is a very important report for official language minority communities. The committee makes fourteen recommendations to improve access to health care for these communities.
For several years, we have found that, all too often, these communities lacked access to health care in the official language of their choice. Our recommendations seek to provide them with permanent and improved access to health care so that they too can benefit from the Canada health system, which is one of the best in the world. We realized that these communities have not always had such access. It is extremely important, if not essential, that the government provide a positive response to these recommendations.