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Official Languages committee  Why do they not want to include the questions?

March 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Denis Chartrand

Official Languages committee  As the gentleman said, if the paper is too short, get longer paper! I am just an engineer.

March 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Denis Chartrand

Official Languages committee  Because your question is about Ontario, I will answer it, but it will apply to all provinces. Having questions on the form will not guarantee more schools, but it will give us the data we need to fight. Right now we have no data except our own, but we are told it doesn't count.

March 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Denis Chartrand

Official Languages committee  We do not have that data, but you are right: the only question currently asked is not about rights holders, but about the mother tongue. We also know that many newcomers choose to attend our schools because they speak French, but their mother tongue may not be French. I am thinki

March 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Denis Chartrand

Official Languages committee  They have to go through an admissions committee. When we hear them speak, we know that they speak perfect French, so we accept them.

March 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Denis Chartrand

Official Languages committee  Sorry to interrupt, but you are absolutely right. My wife is Japanese, and my children's mother tongue is Japanese. They spoke Japanese before they spoke French. Today, they speak French like me, even better, I hope. They also speak English and Spanish. However, their mother to

March 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Denis Chartrand

Official Languages committee  My perspective is yes, you're correct. If there are fewer francophone services—university, colleges, etc.—you'll have a lower percentage of retention going through high school. Where there's the whole range of services, the retention is fairly high. We have very few—less than 3%—

March 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Denis Chartrand

Official Languages committee  I am an engineer by profession, so I like working with numbers. I am sure the chief statistician, who will appear before you, will tell you that with the long form, which is sent to 20% of Canadians, he can give you a close estimate. I am not questioning that, but it is a nationa

March 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Denis Chartrand

Official Languages committee  Such an increase might have an impact on transfers under the Canada-Ontario agreement in our case, or under the Canada-British Columbia agreement, where the federal government provides additional funding to the provincial government so that minority school boards can provide more

March 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Denis Chartrand

Official Languages committee  That's an interesting question. As Mr. Angus mentioned earlier, the school board is funded on a per capita basis.

March 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Denis Chartrand

Official Languages committee  For two students, it's a certain amount, and for four students, it's double. So, if there are some 700 students—

March 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Denis Chartrand

Official Languages committee  So you get 718 times the amount per student. This catches up with us when we have to pay for portables.

March 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Denis Chartrand

Official Languages committee  Yes, the infrastructure, and all the extracurricular or complementary things.

March 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Denis Chartrand

Official Languages committee  The number of French-language schools—and I'm not talking about immersion here—is increasing almost everywhere in Canada, more specifically in Ontario, as Ms. Morand mentioned.

March 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Denis Chartrand

Official Languages committee  Let me give you a preliminary answer. Ms. Morand will be able to give you details later. Yes, we have spoken with the bureaucrats at Statistics Canada. As Ms. Lavoie mentioned, they even tested the questions and they said that it worked. So we don't understand why they insist th

March 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Denis Chartrand