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June 20th, 2022 - The subject matter of Bill C-13, An Act for the Substantive Equality of Canada’s Official Languages - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Thank you for being with us again, Mr. Théberge. It’s always a pleasure to see you. My first question is about Part 2 of Bill C-13, An Act to amend the Official Languages Act, to enact the Use of French in Federally Regulated Private Businesses Act and to make related amendments to other Acts. The witnesses last week had concerns about the application of the regulations, because there is a lot of uncertainty in that respect. They said that they didn’t know what to expect. The…
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June 16th, 2022 - The subject matter of Bill C-13, An Act for the Substantive Equality of Canada’s Official Languages - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Thank you to the witnesses for being with us this evening. My first question pertains to something you say in your brief to the committee. You mentioned it in your presentation as well. The brief says, and I quote: “The bill provides an open-ended and confusing employee complaints process.” You think the complaints process should be more tightly defined. What would you consider an appropriate employee complaints process that doesn’t cause confusion? Do you have an amendment to…
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June 13th, 2022 - The subject matter of Bill C-13, An Act for the Substantive Equality of Canada’s Official Languages - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Thanks to the witnesses for being with us today. My first question concerns the refusal by the three departments to provide essential information relating to Bill C-13. As a result of their refusal, we will be less effective in examining Bill C-13, particularly since an additional $16 million was allotted in the 2021 budget. Is this the first time in your experience as Parliamentary Budget Officer that departments have refused to provide information? Mr. Giroux: Thank you for…
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June 6th, 2022 - Study on Francophone immigration to minority communities - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Thanks to the witnesses for being with us this evening. It’s much appreciated. My first question is for the Association francophone des municipalités du Nouveau-Brunswick. In the brief you presented to the committee last May, you suggested, in your third recommendation, that the francophone immigration target in New Brunswick should be raised to 30% or 40%? How did you come up with those figures? In addition, with regard to the new target and the immigration policy, what should…
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May 16th, 2022 - Study on Francophone immigration to minority communities - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Minister, thank you for accepting our invitation and being with us today. Since the early 1990s, the increase in migration from the main sources of Canadian population growth has largely exceeded the effect of natural growth. In 2017 and 2018, 80% of Canadian population growth was attributable to immigration. Do you think immigration is the main factor in maintaining the demographic weight of official language minority communities? Mr. Fraser: The answer depends on how you d…
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April 25th, 2022 - Study on Francophone immigration to minority communities - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Thanks to all our witnesses for being here this evening. My first question is for Mr. Théberge. We know that the 4% target has never been met. Can you explain to us why it has never been met? It seems that the target is only 2% in New Brunswick. Can you clarify the reasons why it hasn’t been met? What kind of impact can failure to meet that target have on the Acadian community? Mr. Théberge: Thank you for your question, Senator Poirier. I’ll start and then let Ms. Mallet fini…
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April 4th, 2022 - Study on Francophone immigration to minority communities - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Thank you to both witnesses for appearing here today; it’s very much appreciated. My first question is for both witnesses. What do you think the new policy on francophone immigration promised by the federal government should contain? What factors should be considered for that policy to promote vitality and support for the development of francophone minority communities? Soukaina Boutiyeb, Executive Director, Alliance des femmes de la francophonie canadienne: To answer your firs…
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March 28th 2022 - Study on Francophone immigration to minority communities - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Thanks to the three of you for your presentations. As my question concerns a topic that I’ve already addressed with Mr. Corbeil, I’ll ask him my first question, which is quite broad. As he knows, the 4.4% target clearly hasn’t been reached. Regardless of the figure established as a target, mechanisms must be in place for us to be able to reach those targets. There is a shortage of mechanisms and programs. What mechanisms or programs should be put in place to improve francophone…
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March 21st, 2022 - Study on the application of the Official Languages Act within those institutions subject to the Act - Minister Ginette Petitpas, Minister of Official Languages and other witnesses

Senator Poirier: Minister, thank you for being with us. I have a few questions that don’t concern the bill as such but rather your department. My question concerns the agreement that your government has entered into with the provinces concerning child care facilities. That agreement doesn’t provide for a proportionate number of child care spaces for official language minority communities. Consequently, a situation could necessarily arise in which a province decided to use the funding for unili…
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February 28th, 2022 - Study on the application of the Official Languages Act within those institutions subject to the Act - Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Senator Poirier: Thank you for being with us this evening, Madam Minister. We appreciate hearing from someone who can answer our questions. My question is about your government’s agreement with the provinces on child care. This agreement does not include a proportionate number of child care spaces for francophone minority communities. In this context, we could inevitably find ourselves in a situation where the province decides to use the funds for unilingual anglophone spaces at the expense of…
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