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Minutes of Proceedings

43rd Parliament, 1st Session
Meeting 3
Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 3:32 p.m. to 5:34 p.m.
Presiding
Emmanuel Dubourg, Chair (Liberal)

Library of Parliament
• Laura Blackmore, Analyst
• Lucie Lecomte, Analyst
Association canadienne-française de l’Alberta
• Sheila Risbud, President
Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique
• Marie-Pierre Lavoie, President
Fédération nationale des conseils scolaires francophones
• Denis M. Chartrand, Vice-President
• Valérie Morand, Director General
Quebec Community Groups Network
• Geoffrey Chambers, President
• Sylvia Martin-Laforge, Director General
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(3)(f) and the motion adopted by the committee on Thursday, February 20, 2020, the committee commenced its study of enumeration of rights holders.

Sheila Risbud, Marie-Pierre Lavoie, Denis M. Chartrand, Geoffrey Chambers and Sylvia Martin-Laforge made statements and, with Valérie Morand, answered questions.

At 5:15 p.m., the sitting was suspended.

At 5:19 p.m., the sitting resumed.

Motion

Bernard Généreux moved, — That a study on Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) be conducted to identify why a disproportionately high number of foreign French-speaking students who wanted to study in French-language CEGEPs and universities in Canada and Quebec were refused (51% of applicants in 2019), compared with the lower number of foreign English-speaking students who were refused (38% of applicants that same year);

That the committee examine whether there is a case of language discrimination against students from French-speaking African communities in particular, where refusal rates can exceed 80%;

That the committee study the Government of Canada’s analysis grids for admitting foreign students; and,

That the committee invite all witnesses required for its study to appear and that it draft a detailed report.

By unanimous consent, it was agreed, — That the debate be now adjourned until Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

At 5:34 p.m., the committee adjourned to the call of the Chair.



Michel Marcotte
Clerk of the Committee