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Official Languages committee  Both federal and provincial coordination, as we said earlier, is important in situations of pandemics and health crises. The funding that is available to us from Health Canada is important in terms of promotion and is important for our networks. Increasingly, we find ourselves

December 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Sylvia Martin-Laforge

Official Languages committee  I'll respond in French out of respect for Mr. Beaulieu. We received the guide about two months after it was released in French. It was good, although there are no established standards, and, if other documents have to be distributed again to English-speaking Quebecers, we aren'

December 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Sylvia Martin-Laforge

Official Languages committee  I'd like Ms. Jennings to answer that question.

December 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Sylvia Martin-Laforge

Official Languages committee  The pandemic also exposed the continued need for multiple-channel message distribution. The Internet is a great tool, but the digital divide is real. High-speed Internet is not universally available and is rare outside of urban centres, and even where it is available, it is not e

December 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Sylvia Martin-Laforge

Official Languages committee  We commend members of the federal bureaucracy for their work dealing with the many organizations in our network, which suddenly had to change deliverables and had many questions about funding and their futures. Federal civil servants bent over backwards to provide support and inf

December 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Sylvia Martin-Laforge

Official Languages committee  I have an answer to Monsieur d'Entremont's—

March 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Sylvia Martin-Laforge

Official Languages committee  StatsCan is going to tell you all the reasons...or you're going to tell them all the reasons they should do it. They're probably thinking that the risk of putting in more questions and doing this in the short form opens the door to other groups and other questions. I think that

March 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Sylvia Martin-Laforge

Official Languages committee  Could I give another example?

March 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Sylvia Martin-Laforge

Official Languages committee  The Filipino community is sending their kids to French school. We have now many programs to help the Filipino mothers and fathers, to help them help their kids in French school. You might go to a French school, you might go to an English school, or maybe one day you will be abl

March 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Sylvia Martin-Laforge

Official Languages committee  We offer the following observations and principles into this debate. On the one hand, the duty to fulfill the rights contained in section 23 of the charter falls squarely on the shoulders of the provinces. On the other hand, the enumeration of children of rights holders is a fede

March 10th, 2020Committee meeting

Sylvia Martin-Laforge

Official Languages committee  Yes. I think we've been quite forceful on that. We have followed our Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne du Canada folks. We've had many discussions on this and our director of policy is on top of it.

February 26th, 2019Committee meeting

Sylvia Martin-Laforge

February 26th, 2019Committee meeting

Sylvia Martin-Laforge

Official Languages committee  There's another issue, Monsieur Gourde, that I would like to play out for you. Having worked in French-language education in another province, the critical mass in a school determines what happens and what you feel in a school. In Ontario, for example, it's very important to have

February 26th, 2019Committee meeting

Sylvia Martin-Laforge

Official Languages committee  Because Rachel was touching on it, Emploi-Québec was devolved. Manpower—it was called Manpower then—was devolved. One of the first places was in Quebec. It had no linguistic clauses. In other provinces, they were somewhat better at it. In Ontario I know they were a lot better at

February 26th, 2019Committee meeting

Sylvia Martin-Laforge

Official Languages committee  —or don't without conditions. The federal government has a very large role to play in the money that you put in a province, but we're telling you—Rachel and all of us—that employment is a big deal. We are less than 1% of the provincial civil service in Quebec.

February 26th, 2019Committee meeting

Sylvia Martin-Laforge