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December 4th 2017 - Study on Canadians’ views about modernizing the Official Languages Act - Réseau de développement éconimique et d'employabilité

Senator Poirier: Thank you for being here today and sharing your concerns with the committee. The current roadmap expires on March 31, 2018, at which point the minister, Ms. Joly, is supposed to have a new action plan in place. Were you consulted by the minister on the action plan? What do you expect from the next action plan? Mr. Benedict: Yes, we were consulted a number of times. Sometimes, the meetings were productive, and other times, not so much. I appreciate that it often comes down to re…
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November 27th 2017 - Study on the application of the Official Languages Act and the regulations and directives made under it - Minister Mélanie Joly and Canadian Heritage

Senator Poirier: Welcome to our committee, Madam Minister, I have a few questions for you. Although CBC/Radio-Canada is receiving some $650 million, and Netflix is tax exempt, community radio stations are greatly concerned. According to last Friday’s edition of Francopresse, a total of nine community radio stations out of 25 are in danger. Community radio is essential to the survival and growth of our linguistic minority communities. Their funding depends on your action plan, and as of today, th…
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November 8th 2017 - Study on the application of the Official Languages Act and the regulations and directives made under it - Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Senator Poirier: Thank you, minister, for your presentation. Mr. Matthew Mendelsohn, from the Privy Council Office, in his report entitled The Next Level, recommended that the Treasury Board Secretariat begin discussions with the National Joint Council to re-examine the bilingualism bonus. If you read between the lines, this means the pure and simple abolition of the bilingualism bonus for federal employees. Do you think this is the right time to withdraw the bilingualism bonus of $800 from fede…
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November 6th 2017 - Study on Canadians’ views about modernizing the Official Languages Act - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Welcome and thank you for your presentations. You drafted the Ottawa declaration at the 2017 Rendez-vous Santé en français. The second point concerns the full development of the francophone and Acadian communities to enable the members of those communities to take an active part in building a healthy Canadian society. Do you think the Official Languages Act could be amended to promote that full development and, if so, how? Mr. Tremblay: I believe Part VII already contains provi…
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October 30th 2017 - Study on the application of the Official Languages Act and the regulations and directives made under it - Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages

Senator Poirier: Welcome, everyone. You have performed the duties of Interim Commissioner of Official Languages for nearly a year now. Before going any further, I would like to congratulate you and recognize your outstanding work. My question concerns the appointment of the commissioner. Do you think a maximum vacancy period should be set for this position to prevent a repetition of the present situation? Ms. Saikaley: Do you mean as part of the modernization of the act? Senator Poirier: No.…
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October 16th 2017 - Study on Canadians’ views about modernizing the Official Languages Act - Pierre Foucher, Professor, Faculty of Law from the University of Ottawa

Senator Poirier: Thank you for your presentation; it was very interesting. I had three questions, but you have already answered two of them. The first was about greater powers for the Commissioner of Official Languages, and the second was about the usefulness of fines. So I will go straight to my third question. For the past year, someone has occupied the position of Commissioner of Official Languages on an acting basis. That acting mandate will end tomorrow. The last I heard, the government ha…
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September 22nd 2017 - Travel to Charlottetown PEI to examine and report on Canadians’ views about modernizing the Official Languages Act - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Thank you for your presentation. I hope you had a good trip here this morning. I just have a few questions because I know that many of my colleagues probably have questions as well. First, congratulations on the very good work you are doing. It is very much appreciated. Acadians are no doubt grateful for all the promotion you are doing for them to ensure access to services in the language of their choice across Canada. We visited anglophone and francophone schools during the he…
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June 5th 2017 - Study on Canadians’ views about modernizing the Official Languages Act - Experiences Canada & French for the Future

Senator Poirier: I had two questions, but everyone has already answered my first one. My first question had to do with how important it is to you for Canadians' identity to be bilingual. I think you explained it all in your opening remarks. [Translation] My second question is for everyone. Should additional measures be taken to promote anglophone and francophone cultures, while taking regional differences into account? Ms. Belliveau: In New Brunswick, where one third of the population is fran…
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