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Thank you.
I have one last question. No matter what people say, the proportion of francophones in Canada is continuing to drop. Twenty or so years ago, we made up 25% of the population, but today, we account for just 23%. That's alarming to me because the notion of our founding peoples is fundamental to the country. Will francophones disappear altogether one day? I don't think so, because of Quebec.
Under the immigration plan, 4.4% of newcomers are supposed to be French-speaking. I would call it a theoretical target, one that takes serious political leadership. If I was immigration minister, I would immediately tell my staff that the mandatory target for next year was 5%. It wouldn't just be a theoretical number. Were you involved in the discussions leading up to that plan? What are your thoughts?
I am being absolutely serious when I say that we have to bring French speakers into the country. The situation is dire.
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