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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

Official Languages  Mr. Speaker, Canada's two official languages are certainly a priority for our government. That is why, when we were elected, we acted quickly to make up for the previous government's 10 years of inaction. We reinstated francophone immigration programs, established a process for

June 1st, 2017House debate

Mélanie JolyLiberal

Government Appointments  Mr. Speaker, as I was saying, of course we value the importance of public life, we value the experience of Mrs. Meilleur, and that is what was shown by the fact that we had a very thorough process. Since we value the importance of public service, we also appointed the former Co

June 1st, 2017House debate

Mélanie JolyLiberal

Government Appointments  Mr. Speaker, since we are talking about the importance of expertise and experience, and because I have already given many explanations regarding the process, I would like to talk about Madame Meilleur's participation in associations and organizations. She has been a member of t

June 1st, 2017House debate

Mélanie JolyLiberal

Government Appointments  Mr. Speaker, we are very proud to have found a very good candidate, because when searching for candidates to become the commissioner of official languages, we wanted to find the best one. This is exactly what our process allowed us to do. Based on a short list I received, I had

June 1st, 2017House debate

Mélanie JolyLiberal

Government Appointments  Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to hear my colleague talk about Mrs. Meilleur because, when I had the chance to speak with her on the phone to tell her that Mrs. Meilleur would potentially be a candidate we would select, she told me that Madeleine Meilleur was indeed a good candidate a

June 1st, 2017House debate

Mélanie JolyLiberal

Government Appointments  Mr. Speaker, of course, as I have said many times, the discussion about Mrs. Meilleur becoming commissioner of official languages never took place. I would like to remind members of the important awards that Mrs. Meilleur was able to gather during her amazing career, including s

June 1st, 2017House debate

Mélanie JolyLiberal

Government Appointments  Mr. Speaker, I will continue. As I was saying, she received the Order of Merit from the Association of French-Speaking Jurists of Ontario in 2007. She was admitted into the Ordre de la francophonie de Prescott et Russell in 2006. She also received the Réseau socioaction des f

June 1st, 2017House debate

Mélanie JolyLiberal

Government Appointments  Mr. Speaker, I am glad to see that my colleague recognizes that she received many awards. Not only that, the fact that she won so many awards is based on the fact that she has had lots of accomplishments in her public life. That leads us to the question of the importance of giv

June 1st, 2017House debate

Mélanie JolyLiberal