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Status of the French Language in Montreal  Madam Chair, basically I can tell my colleague that we are in favour of applying the Charter of the French Language to federally regulated businesses. I can also tell her that we are in favour of adequate knowledge of French for candidates who want to obtain Canadian citizenship

November 25th, 2020House debate

Steven BlaneyConservative

Status of the French Language in Montreal  Madam Chair, I thank my hon. colleague for his question. Like many people, I admire his mastery of the French language. I want to tell him that I had the opportunity to visit Saint-Boniface. The first time I was there I was not even an MP. I felt like I was in Saint-Hyacinthe. I

November 25th, 2020House debate

Steven BlaneyConservative

Status of the French Language in Montreal  Madam Chair, I thank my colleague and riding neighbour for his question. I also thank him for his outstanding contribution to the Standing Committee on Official Languages. In fact, he is one of the longest serving members of the committee. He has travelled the country and defende

November 25th, 2020House debate

Steven BlaneyConservative

Status of the French Language in Montreal  Madam Chair, I thank the minister for her question. Her question is interesting, because the minister has the ability to support post-secondary institutions across the country. It is the role of the federal government to assist institutions, and this role is entrenched in the cu

November 25th, 2020House debate

Steven BlaneyConservative

Status of the French Language in Montreal  Mr. Speaker, I have the pleasure and privilege of participating in this debate on the status of the French language, in particular in Quebec. I am moved by all of the speeches I have heard and by a warmth in the House that is radiating all the way here, in Lévis. I applaud my co

November 25th, 2020House debate

Steven BlaneyConservative

Status of the French Language in Montreal  Mr. Speaker, my regards to my colleague from Nova Scotia. I want him to know that my mother-in-law, who is a Samson, was at the dedication of the Samson family monument in Lévis. I appreciate your passion, Mr. Samson. One can feel your Latin fire, and it is very inspiring. It is

November 25th, 2020House debate

Steven BlaneyConservative

Official Languages  Madam Speaker, what are these elected members waiting for? When will they get to work? It is when the going gets tough that we discover who our real friends are. Yesterday, francophone and Acadian communities and the anglophone minority in Quebec understood that the Liberals are

November 20th, 2020House debate

Steven BlaneyConservative

Official Languages  Madam Speaker, this has been a rough week for the French language in Canada under the Liberal government. The government has denied that French in Montreal is on the decline, and the Quebec president of the Liberal Party of Canada called the Charter of the French Language oppres

November 20th, 2020House debate

Steven BlaneyConservative

Broadcasting Act  Madam Speaker, I really enjoyed my colleague's heartfelt speech. Her strong attachment to her culture and her language came through loud and clear. She herself is a very talented artist. In her speech, she talked about protecting content creators. This morning, I talked about pr

November 19th, 2020House debate

Steven BlaneyConservative

Broadcasting Act  Madam Speaker, I would like my colleague to say a few words about the importance of Quebec culture. Does he believe it is being protected by the bill? Does the bill promote it? I did not see anything in the bill to suggest that to be true. Does my colleague believe that the bil

November 19th, 2020House debate

Steven BlaneyConservative

Broadcasting Act  Madam Speaker, I share the member's grief in seeing some of his friends lose their jobs. In my riding, there is some rationalization among local media. There used to be two newspapers in Lévis and now there is only one. The media sector has been impacted hard. As I mentioned in

November 19th, 2020House debate

Steven BlaneyConservative

Broadcasting Act  Madam Speaker, as I just mentioned, it is a basic Conservative principle that we have fairness among businesses. What we have now, and the Yale report has recognized it, is unfairness and an emergency to act. Unfortunately, the Liberal bill in front of us does not address this cr

November 19th, 2020House debate

Steven BlaneyConservative

Broadcasting Act  Madam Speaker, I thank my colleague for his interest in this very important issue, which is about the role of the CBC in our country and the way the CBC can coexist with the private sector, especially at a time when the private sector has been hard hit. How can we ensure that the

November 19th, 2020House debate

Steven BlaneyConservative

Broadcasting Act  Madam Speaker, I thank my colleague for her excellent question. She is quite right. During the pandemic, I even approached the minister about investing in our regional weeklies and community radio stations. This was done on a very small scale. Many Quebec organizations are reach

November 19th, 2020House debate

Steven BlaneyConservative

Broadcasting Act  Madam Speaker, I thank my colleague for the question. I cannot take credit for the expression “tyranny of sensitivity”. It was coined by the intellectual Mathieu Bock-Côté, to give credit where credit is due. It means that we have to be able to express ourselves even if we occas

November 19th, 2020House debate

Steven BlaneyConservative