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Official Languages committee  I think it is possible. It is our hope that a bill will be introduced before the end of the parliamentary session.

April 27th, 2021Committee meeting

Alain Dupuis

Official Languages committee  The expectations are very high, since we have been talking about this for four years. It is time to introduce a bill on the matter.

April 27th, 2021Committee meeting

Alain Dupuis

Official Languages committee  I think she is headed in the right direction. We were pleased to see that a central agency, the Treasury Board, was appointed to coordinate the official languages policy, to ensure that it is implemented and that there is accountability. It is important to ensure that the propose

April 27th, 2021Committee meeting

Alain Dupuis

Official Languages committee  That's quite the question. I think it's time for the federal government to sit down with the provinces, territories and communities to think about and discuss what more we can do collectively. It's time to stop looking at the issue through the jurisdictional lens. Supporting Can

April 27th, 2021Committee meeting

Alain Dupuis

Official Languages committee  Certainly, the federal government has a role to play, but it has to work with the province, which also has to decide on the model it will support. I think both levels of government need to work together.

April 27th, 2021Committee meeting

Alain Dupuis

Official Languages committee  First, having immigration corridors to address shortages in specific fields is extremely important. The government is planning to create an immigration corridor to recruit francophone and French-language teachers. Health care and early childhood education are also areas in need o

April 27th, 2021Committee meeting

Alain Dupuis

Official Languages committee  Right now, the community is rallying behind a proposal to establish a French-language university in northern Ontario. I hope the federal government gives the new institution start-up funding so it can offer most of the programs that were cancelled, and keep the teachers and stude

April 27th, 2021Committee meeting

Alain Dupuis

Official Languages committee  I hope that this isn't an oversight and that it will be part of the mandate. However, I suggest that the committee ask Minister Hussen to confirm his commitment to the terms of the new program. It won't take much of the billions of dollars to resolve the issue of access to French

April 27th, 2021Committee meeting

Alain Dupuis

Official Languages committee  Finally! Ha, ha! This remained unresolved for so long. We've been trying to get this census for years.

April 27th, 2021Committee meeting

Alain Dupuis

Official Languages committee  Finally, but we need a bill. We look forward to seeing these intentions reflected in the bill very soon.

April 27th, 2021Committee meeting

Alain Dupuis

Official Languages committee  For us, what matters isn't the language spoken at home, but rather French-speaking Canadians. Of course, we're talking about 2.7 million people who live part of their daily lives in French. That would be our definition. Yes, the demographic weight must be increased. We're seeing

April 27th, 2021Committee meeting

Alain Dupuis

Official Languages committee  Absolutely. We spoke about this with Minister Mélanie Joly last week. We'll also be submitting arguments to Minister Ahmed Hussen to make sure that a very clear language provision will ensure that the provinces consider the French-speaking minority when setting up these child ca

April 27th, 2021Committee meeting

Alain Dupuis

Official Languages committee  Yes, certainly. Our response to the reform document that was introduced this winter was very positive. As I said, it addresses many of our concerns. That said, there are a few things that we're following closely. Obviously, part VII of the Official Languages Act, which affects

April 27th, 2021Committee meeting

Alain Dupuis

Official Languages committee  The Canadian francophonie wants to work more with Quebec civil society, whether it is francophone or anglophone. We want to work with francophones, of course. In order to promote our common language, French, it is important to work together, but also to have the means to do so.

April 27th, 2021Committee meeting

Alain Dupuis

Official Languages committee  With respect to the immersion issue, French school boards should be asked whether they want to run these programs. They are French-language programs, but in English-language schools. It would take some pretty major reforms to turn over the governance of immersion programs to fran

April 27th, 2021Committee meeting

Alain Dupuis