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November 28th 2016 - Study on the application of the Official Languages Act and the regulations and directives made under it - Canadian Chapter of the International Association of Conference Interpreters

Senator Poirier: I want to welcome you to the committee, and I thank you for having sent us your presentation in advance. This allows us to acquaint ourselves with your concerns in advance. According to what I understood, you are concerned by the privatization of the system or by a service procurement system, and you fear that the quality of translation and interpretation services could be greatly undermined by this. In your opinion, what should the government do to ensure that a high quality…
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November 21st 2016 - Study on the challenges associated with access to French schools and French immersion programs in B.C. -Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages

Senator Poirier: Welcome and thank you for being with us this evening. I apologize for being late. I had three different issues to discuss, but since two of my questions have already been asked, I will move on to the third point I wanted to talk about. Despite the announcement the government made last Thursday, some of the government's decisions are a source of concern for me. That includes the decision made by the Minister of Canadian Heritage to drop the title of Minister of Official Languag…
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November 14th 2016 - Study on the application of the Official Languages Act and the regulations and directives made under it - Quebec English-Speaking Communities Research Network

Senator Poirier: Thank you for being here and thank you for the presentation. I have a couple of questions. The government just wrapped up its consultation regarding the next plan for official languages. Did you participate in the consultations? Ms. O'Donnell: I have been invited to several aspects of the consultations, so the answer is yes. Senator Poirier: Could you share with us what you recommended to the minister and what your expectations are for the next plan? Ms. O'Donnell: I would l…
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October 17th 2016 - Study on the challenges associated with access to French schools and French immersion programs in B.C. - Association des parents de l'école Rose-des-vents & Power Law

Senator Poirier: Thank you for your very interesting presentations. I have one comment to make, simply to explain a regional difference, and then I will have a few short questions for you. If I understood correctly, the reason for a shortage of francophone schools is that there are francophone children in British Columbia who are enrolled in French immersion programs in the English schools. Did I understand correctly? Mr. Roy: The problem in British Columbia is that there are rights-holders who…
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September 26th 2016 - Study on the application of the Official Languages Act and the regulations and directives made under it - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Thank you all for being here. This is very interesting. My question is a general one and you may all answer it. If I understand correctly, you are proposing a third protocol. Why do you want to create a third protocol rather than ask the minister to include you as a signatory in the next protocol? Mr. Paul: I will try to answer your question. It is a good one, and I thank you for it. It is central to our demand. The current protocol includes fields such as immersion and posts…
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June 6th 2016 - Study on the application of the Official Languages Act and the regulations and directives made under it - Canadian Institute for Research on Linguistic Minorities

Senator Poirier: Thank you for your presentation, and welcome to the committee. Our committee is considering studying the challenges of access to French-language schools in British Columbia in the fall. Would you be able to tell us about the difficult situation in British Columbia compared with the other Canadian provinces? Mr. Landry: It is a very interesting province. I think I can talk about this now, since the trial is over. I testified at a trial in which 27 schools and the school board su…
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May 30th 2016 - Study on the application of the Official Languages Act and the regulations and directives made under it - Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat & Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages

Senator Poirier: Thank you, Madam Chair. Welcome, Mr. Commissioner. First, if this is your final report as Commissioner, I want to thank you for your work and everything you have done for the official language minority communities. It is greatly appreciated, and I can guarantee you that the person who replaces you will have big shoes to fill. As I am sure you know, the Government of Canada currently no longer has a minister of official languages. According to the explanation that the Minister o…
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May 9th 2016 - Study on the application of the Official Languages Act and the regulations and directives made under it - Association des collèges et universités de la francophonie canadienne

Senator Poirier: Welcome, Ms. Brouillette. I have a few questions to begin. As you said at the beginning of your presentation, the colleges and universities and all francophone universities outside Quebec formed this organization a year ago. Can you explain to the committee what benefits you have been able to gain from doing this? Ms. Brouillette: Thank you for your question. This is a development that was brought about over time. Within the consortium, the colleges and universities group worke…
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April 18th 2016 - Study on the application of the Official Languages Act and the regulations and directives made under it - Canadian Heritage & Quebec Community Groups Network

Senator Poirier: I would like to apologize for being late. My arrival was delayed and it was beyond my control. Due to that, unfortunately, I missed the beginning of your presentation, so I hope I'm not asking a question that you have perhaps already answered. Later this evening we'll be receiving the Minister of Canadian Heritage. Have you had a chance to meet with the minister to discuss your expectations and needs on a federal level? Mr. Lamoureux: No, we have not met with Minister Joly. We…
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April 11th 2016 - Study on the application of the Official Languages Act and the regulations and directives made under it - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: I would like to thank our two witnesses. We are pleased to welcome you once again. It has been quite some time since last we met, Ms. d'Entremont. I would like to ask both of our witnesses some questions, after which, I will have another question regarding New Brunswick, specifically. As you know, the 150th anniversary of Confederation will soon be upon us. I wonder if you have been consulted with regard to event planning or celebration. What do you expect from the celebrations…
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