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Innovation, Science and Economic Development  Mr. Speaker, of course, it is Canada’s 150th anniversary and tomorrow we are kicking off the celebrations. It will be June 21, National Aboriginal Day. Then we will have the day celebrating Quebec and the Canadian Francophonie, Canadian Multiculturalism Day, and finally Canada

June 20th, 2017House debate

Mélanie JolyLiberal

Indigenous Languages  Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the member for Yukon for his important work on this file. Our responsibility to protect and promote indigenous languages is a priority for our government. Last week, alongside the leaders of the national indigenous organizations, we made a dec

June 20th, 2017House debate

Mélanie JolyLiberal

Government Appointments  Mr. Speaker, I would remind my colleague that official languages are important to our government and that the official languages commissioner is, too. We will have an official languages commissioner. The Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages is fully operational and I

June 19th, 2017House debate

Mélanie JolyLiberal

Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission  Mr. Speaker, I would like to remind my colleague of our major investment in arts and culture. The 2016 budget provides for an investment of $1.9 billion, the largest investment in 30 years. We are still the only G7 country to have made such a significant investment. That said, I

June 15th, 2017House debate

Mélanie JolyLiberal

Official Languages  Mr. Speaker, of course, our two official languages are a priority for our government. When it comes to bilingualism, we know that there is always room for improvement. That being said, we are going to abide by the process and appoint a Commissioner of Official Languages. The Off

June 15th, 2017House debate

Mélanie JolyLiberal

Telecommunications  Mr. Speaker, let me be clear, our government will not be introducing a tax on the Internet. Since we were elected, we lowered taxes for the middle class and increased them for the wealthiest 1% of Canadians. Canadians of all walks of life rely on Internet services for business

June 15th, 2017House debate

Mélanie JolyLiberal

Telecommunications  Mr. Speaker, let us be clear: the government will not be implementing a tax on Internet services. We have been clear on that issue all along. Since our government came to power, we have increased taxes for the wealthiest 1%, in order to reduce them for the middle class. Canadian

June 15th, 2017House debate

Mélanie JolyLiberal

Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission  Mr. Speaker, we believe in the importance of arts and culture, and that is why we invested $1.9 billion in this area in the 2016 budget. That is the the largest investment a federal government has made in arts and culture in 30 years, and we are the only country in the G7 that ha

June 5th, 2017House debate

Mélanie JolyLiberal

Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission  Mr. Speaker, we believe in culture, and that is why we are taking action. I would also like to remind my colleague that we decided to take leadership on this issue and that we held public consultations on the impact of digital on Canadian content. I will be tabling a new cultura

June 5th, 2017House debate

Mélanie JolyLiberal

Government Appointments  Mr. Speaker, I would like to remind my colleague of the expertise and experience of Madeleine Meilleur. For 30 years, she has been a very strong advocate in favour of the promotion and protection of official languages in the country. She was there at a time when there needed to

June 5th, 2017House debate

Mélanie JolyLiberal

Government Appointments  Mr. Speaker, the experience, the expertise and the integrity of Mrs. Meilleur has been recognized by many on both sides of the House. I would like to remind my colleague about all her experience. The fact that she has been involved in the protection of the Montfort Hospital, her

June 5th, 2017House debate

Mélanie JolyLiberal

Government Appointments  Mr. Speaker, in the context of the appointment of the official languages commissioner, we were committed to finding the most qualified candidate. That is exactly what we have done by appointing Madeleine Meilleur as the next official languages commissioner, because she has the ex

June 5th, 2017House debate

Mélanie JolyLiberal

Government Appointments  Mr. Speaker, I have had the opportunity in the House to explain the process many times. There were 72 candidates that participated in the process. An independent firm went through all the CVs. Afterwards, there were 12 candidates that passed the interviews, and 10 of them went th

June 5th, 2017House debate

Mélanie JolyLiberal

Government Appointments  Mr. Speaker, when searching for a new official languages commissioner, we wanted to use a rigorous, merit-based process. We wanted to find the best person for the job, and that is exactly what we did. After multiple rounds of interviews and a selection process, Madeleine Meilleu

June 5th, 2017House debate

Mélanie JolyLiberal

Government Appointments  Mr. Speaker, I can assure my colleague that, had she been a candidate, she could have gone through the process, but it would have been up to her to demonstrate her qualifications. As the Prime Minister has said a number of times, we respect public services. The fact that Madelei

June 5th, 2017House debate

Mélanie JolyLiberal