Official Languages committee Did you share your opinion with your colleague Luc Berthold when he criticized Diane Lebouthillier simply for speaking French? It's a shared obligation.
Official Languages committee I can certainly tell you that the responses to the questions were in French. I can also certainly tell you that the position taken by a colleague from Quebec, the member for Mégantic—L'Érable, regarding the place of French in the House of Commons is utterly unacceptable.
Official Languages committee Thank you, Mr. Rioux. I also want to thank you for working very hard with our team to ensure that the Royal Military College Saint-Jean will now provide university-level training. The students enrolled at the Royal Military College Saint-Jean are often Quebeckers or francophones
Official Languages committee This was part of the Government of Canada's negotiations with the various member states of the Francophonie to ensure Canada's leadership role at the Sommet de la Francophonie in Yerevan, Armenia, last October. We're very proud that the number two at the OIF is a francophone, a Q
Official Languages committee There are always good organizations. I think that today we have here a representative of Canadian Parents for French, which promotes French immersion and, by extension, bilingualism among young people. That's one thing. In addition, I think that we need to involve our provincial
Official Languages committee You've raised a very good point. I think that the government, the public and all the parties share this responsibility. We must reaffirm the importance of our two official languages, bilingualism, and the fact that this matter is part of our identity and history. We must never ta
Official Languages committee I don't want to correct you, Mr. Clarke, but the government doesn't choose the Commissioner of Official Languages. Parliament chooses the Commissioner of Official Languages, because the commissioner is an agent of Parliament.
Official Languages committee That's the first thing.
Official Languages committee I just want to say that, at the time, I asked you the question, and you had the right to ask the candidate questions. That's the first thing. Second, since the commissioner is an agent of Parliament, I can only express wishes. I can't have coercive powers over the commissioner.
Official Languages committee I just want to tell you that the people we've met with across the country are very happy with our reinvestments. It goes without saying. After 10 years of the Harper government, we've been able to ease a great deal of the anxiety in the country regarding the underfunding and impo
Official Languages committee All the major forums are accessible online. That was the case for Moncton and Ottawa and it will also be the case for the three other forums to come. We also take questions from the public, from those following us on their mobile phones, at home or at work.
Official Languages committee Different things. As francophones—I feel that everyone here will feel involved—for sure we have the responsibility to call on our anglophone colleagues and our official languages allies and convince them to take an interest in the modernization of the Official Languages Act. That
Official Languages committee Yes, that is what I heard. I also heard a lot about the importance of addressing the powers of the Commissioner, for example, the importance of the Legal Challenges Program, or the way in which to develop language clauses that would basically encourage compliance in federal tran