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View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
In the version of the law you are proposing, which would include an administrative tribunal, would there be some change made to the commissioner's mandate? In addition to the administrative tribunal, would you want us to add any elements to the commissioner's mandate?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
There are administrative tribunals in other areas of society. Where would this tribunal be located physically? Who would choose its members?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
You are proposing a complete law, so you must surely have a concrete proposal in that regard.
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Would communities or umbrella organizations like yours take part in the selection of members? I know that you want an advisory council to be created for the action plan for official languages. Would you like that advisory council to take part in the selection of tribunal members? I'm suggesting that without even knowing if it would be possible.
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
What kind of budget would this administrative tribunal have? My questions may be too detailed, and tell me if that is the case. It would be good if it had more power because this would allow it to rap the knuckles of those who don't respect official languages in daily life. It's something I would like to see the federal government put forward. That is why I am asking these punctilious questions. Have you thought of a budget?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
That's true. You are right.
A year ago, some witnesses told us that there were offices of commissioners in Canada, or elsewhere in the world, that did have coercive powers because they were divided up into two parts. Are you aware of that? There is a type of waterproof aspect between the coercive element, which deals with launching legal action, and the watchdog aspect. It would be good if we could do the same thing for the Official Languages Commissioner.
After all, an administrative tribunal would be a big bureaucratic machine, and that aspect could put some people off. Would it be possible for the office of the commissioner to deal with legal proceedings and also play his role as a watchdog, if the two components were watertight, so to speak?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Mr. Senator, thank you for being here this morning. I would also like to thank you for all the work you do on the Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages.
You ended with what interests me most this morning: should the Commissioner be given more coercive powers or should an administrative tribunal be established? Considering all the trips you've made and all the testimony you've heard, would you be able to tell us which option is the most favoured or desirable?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
If an administrative tribunal were established, should the powers of the Commissioner remain as they are or could the powers of the Commissioner be increased, despite the existence of this tribunal? Could both options be considered? What is your opinion and the opinion of the witnesses you heard from on this subject?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
You'll still have to provide your opinion. You will understand why. Are there any topics that you think you will not have time to explore in your study and that you could suggest we focus on?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
That's a good list. I am pleased to see that it contains items on which we wanted to focus in particular, especially part VII.
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Good morning to all three of you. Thank you for being here.
Your presentation was excellent, Mr. Power, as usual. We covered an impressive quantity of material with you in 15 minutes.
I would like you to provide further explanations on the implementation aspect. Here, we often talk about the content of the act, but we talk about its implementation less often.
You mentioned that it should perhaps be centralized within a specific agency or department such as Treasury Board. Could you expand on that aspect and continue to tell us how, in your opinion, it would be possible to strengthen the act's implementation?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Should we add only part Vll, or the rest of the act as well?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Could you get back to the content of the Official Languages Act? Are there any sections that do not exist and that you would like to see added to the act?
As an example, should the creation of an administrative tribunal be among the top priorities, in your opinion? I think this corresponds to your third recommendation. I felt a lot of opposition all over Canada regarding the idea of having an administrative tribunal. If that option is not possible, what else would you suggest? Why are you more in favour of an administrative tribunal, rather than granting coercive powers to the commissioner?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Are there examples of administrative tribunals that deal with language rights elsewhere in the world, for instance in Belgium, or Switzerland?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
If you find it, could you send it to us?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
It would be interesting to hear about the experience of another country that has created an administrative tribunal responsible for language rights.
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Please continue with your answer.
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Unfortunately, I see that my time is up. Thank you.
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
I'd like to go back to the administrative tribunal. You cited the example of a human rights tribunal. That tribunal must have sanctioned a Canadian Crown corporation at one time or another. It doesn't just sanction individuals who have harmed other individuals; it must also sanction private companies. What happens when the human rights tribunal sanctions a Crown corporation? What does it do? Does it impose monetary penalties, and, if so, how does it impose sanctions on a Crown corporation or a department?
That's an important question for us. If the tribunal told Air Canada, for example, that it had witnessed it acting in a manner that contravened the act, it could impose a monetary sanction of $5,000. For Air Canada, however, that would be tantamount to a minor tax. It wouldn't even be a problem.
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
I imagine companies wouldn't necessarily like that, but several people have told us it would be an easy solution. People have also discussed a situation in which the government would sanction itself by paying monetary penalties for contravening the act.
What does an administrative human rights tribunal do in those kinds of cases?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Do you have in mind any examples in which a human rights tribunal had to sanction a Crown corporation by imposing monetary or administrative sanctions? What I most often hear is that it would be ridiculous to create a tribunal that would sanction the government. With respect to a human rights tribunal, this kind of situation has definitely occurred over the past 30 years. As I previously said, you may send us that information by email or some other means.
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
All right.
We need to know how the tribunal proceeds and when that occurs. When I speak with people about this, they all tell me that what I'm saying is ridiculous, that no one would ask a department to pay money to the central government for contravening a law of that same government. It's a vicious circle. That must certainly happen with a human rights tribunal.
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