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December 10th 2018 - Study on Canadians’ views about modernizing the Official Languages Act - Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages

Senator Poirier: One of the major issues in modernizing the Official Languages Act is its implementation. A number of witnesses have told us, as you did, that the direction and the leadership must be clear. However, this summer, the government decided to make the choices a little less clear by removing the official languages portfolio from the Minister of Canadian Heritage. In your opinion, how can we amend the act in order to avoid a similar situation and to provide clearly defined direction a…
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December 3rd 2018 - Study on Canadians’ views about modernizing the Official Languages Act - The Honourable Mélanie Joly, P.C., M.P., Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie & Various Witnesses

The Chair: Thank you, Minister. We will begin our questions and answers with Senator Poirier. Senator Poirier: Minister, thank you for being here this evening to answer our questions At the committee’s meeting on October 22, we heard from Ronald Bisson, Director of the Réseau national de formation en justice. I asked him whether he thought that your action plan’s funding to improve access to justice was sufficient. After thanking the government for the funding allocated to the network, he answ…
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November 5th 2018 - Study on Canadians’ views about modernizing the Official Languages Act - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Thank you both for being here. I have a couple of questions. On the QCGN’s website, I read a short article on the consultation of No Justice Without Access: Working Together to Ensure Access to Justice in English. Could you share with the committee more details about the program and what you hope to accomplish in the short, medium and long term? Could you also elaborate more on the approach of building dialogue and cooperative relationships between the community and the justice…
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Octobre 29th 2018 - Study on Canadians’ views about modernizing the Official Languages Act - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Thank you for your presentations. I have a few questions. The first is for the representative of the Courts Administration Service. You say in your 2017-2018 annual report that you are making every possible effort to improve access to justice by reducing delays in the translation of decisions. Can you tell us what action you have taken to reduce translation delays and, if possible, what results you have achieved to date? Do you think changes should be made to the act regarding…
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October 26th 2018 - Committee Travel to Moncton, New Brunswick - Study on Canadians’ views about modernizing the Official Languages Act - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Thank you again for being here. I have a few questions for you. In your opinion, what mechanisms are needed to ensure that the Official Languages Act is fully enforced? Should responsibility for its implementation be given to a specific department, such as Treasury Board or the Department of Canadian Heritage? Mr. Carrier: Many people seem to believe that having a central dedicated agency, rather than giving a number of different federal departments shared responsibility, woul…
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October 25th 2018 - Committee Travel to Moncton, New Brunswick - Study on Canadians’ views about modernizing the Official Languages Act - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Thank you for your presentation. I hope I’m not asking you to repeat yourself, but I do have a question about Part VII. I know part of my question echoes something you already talked about, but several witnesses have spoken about the importance of Part VII. We’ve heard a lot about that particular part of the act, with respect to official languages. However, it is also the part of the act that still isn’t clear, based on what people were saying. I am therefore wondering whether…
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October 22nd 2018 - Study on Canadians’ views about modernizing the Official Languages Act - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: My question has to do with the implementation of the act. We have heard from a number of witnesses who want the implementation to be effective and for the Privy Council, the Treasury Board or Canadian Heritage to be in charge of it. This summer, the Cabinet was shuffled and Minister Joly changed positions, but kept the official languages portfolio. Can you comment on the current situation whereby the Minister of Official Languages is now separate from Canadian Heritage? In your…
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Octobre 15th 2018 - Study on Canadians’ views about modernizing the Official Languages Act - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: The government recently announced its action plan for official languages 2018-2023. The plan includes a component that aims to improve access to justice through an investment of $2 million over two years to increase the capacity, and an action plan within the action plan for official languages to improve the bilingual capacity of the superior court judiciary. Will these measures address the needs? If not, what measures should the government take to improve the situation? Mr. Bo…
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October 1st 2018 - Study on Canadians’ views about modernizing the Official Languages Act - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: When it comes to consultations, everyone agrees with strengthening the notion of “by and for” in official language minority communities. What kind of incentives do you think could force the government or a minister to follow and respect the wishes expressed by communities during consultations? Ms. Kenny: For me, it is not enough to consult; what is needed is accountability for what has been heard. So if you consult me, but you change course and do something else, I want to know…
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September 24th 2018 - Study on Canadians’ views about modernizing the Official Languages Act - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Thank you for being here. I have a few questions. The brief from the Association canadienne-française de l’Ontario (ACFO) proposes that the act reflect the equality of French and English in the national capital region and the city of Ottawa, as you said. Have you have the opportunity to discuss your brief with the federal government, either with Minister Joly, Minister Brison or Minister Rodriguez? If so, what was their reaction, what is their position on the matter? Ms. Cardin…
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