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Thank you very much. It's a great honour. I'm the child of a bilingual marriage: my father is from Vancouver and my mother is from Quebec City. I had the opportunity to join the committee on two occasions. I am very happy to be elected vice-chair. Rest assured that you will not be disappointed and that I will take this very seriously. I am very pleased.
Yes, I grew up in Shippagan, on the Acadian peninsula, where I lived between the ages of 2 and 11. So my best friends are Acadian. I go to Le Goulet and Shippagan every year. The journey you mentioned earlier today will be a wonderful return to my roots.
Mr. Chair, I would like to inform you that I will be moving a motion soon, but not today, on the bilingual bonus to public servants.
We heard about a report that apparently asks that the bilingual bonus to public servants be eliminated, which worries a number of stakeholders. It would be good to hear the views of unions and other experts. I'm not saying that an exhaustive study is needed, but we should address this issue before making a decision, whenever we have more time. If memory serves, the bonus has been around for more than 40 years. Before it is scrapped overnight, we should perhaps think about it to avoid a blunder.
There's one more thing. Perhaps we'll have the opportunity—
Mr. Chair, let me conclude by saying that, these days, we hear a great deal about how difficult it is for official language community media to survive. We receive letters and requests about this from across Canada. A number of community newspapers, media outlets and radio stations say that their survival is increasingly difficult. I have previously asked the Treasury Board whether it was going to adopt a different policy to support community media in minority settings.
Should we perhaps delve deeper into the issue, because, for one thing, there is a community radio station currently threatened with being shut down if tools are not provided to improve the situation. We can certainly ask questions about this during our next trip, and subsequently study the issue.