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View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Without further delay, we will hear from Ms. O'Donnell from Concordia University.
Ms. O'Donnell, as planned, you have 10 minutes for your presentation. The time is yours.
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Thank you very much, Madame O'Donnell. You were able to get through your opening remarks. We see the depth of your knowledge in those kinds of issues that interest us at the committee.
We will start the round of questioning with Madame Boucher for six minutes.
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Mr. Samson, you have six minutes.
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
You have 10 seconds left.
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
We need to move on.
Mr. Choquette, the floor is yours.
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Choquette.
Ms. Lambropoulos, you now have the floor.
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Thank you very much, Madam O'Donnell.
Now we have two rounds left of four minutes each.
Mrs. Fortier.
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Thank you.
Mr. Généreux, you now have four minutes.
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Very well.
I would like to thank our two witnesses who gave their presentations in spite of the interruption for voting.
Mr. Tremblay, please continue your good work on the official languages in the health sector in order to help French-language communities in particular.
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Madame O'Donnell, thank you very much for your time and understanding throughout our session.
This is just a reminder for both of you that, if you have any documents you want us to take a look at or supplementary information, you can always send it to the clerk of the committee, and she will distribute it to us through email.
Thank you very much.
I will suspend now so we can go in camera, which is very important. We have 10 minutes of committee business to do.
The meeting is suspended.
[Proceedings continue in camera.]
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Good morning, Mr. Johnson and Mr. Dupuis.
It is always an honour to have you at the committee as the main representatives of all of the country's francophone groups. I don't think I'll offend anyone by saying that, as you just said that the bill was a compendium of all of the requests from everywhere in the country.
I have eight questions to ask, and to the extent that that is possible, I would like you to answer them by yes or no. I think you will see that they won't require much expounding.
On page 32 of the document I have here, in Part Vll, section 41.3, entitled “Duty with respect to data collection”, are you alluding to Statistics Canada?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Yes. So, basically, you want the law to include an obligation that Statistics Canada carry out a proper census.
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Thank you.
For my second question, let's go to section 41.5 on page 33, entitled “Duty when leasing a federal building or federal real property in the National Capital Region”.
I'm not sure I understand. Does the duty apply to the physical location or to the people in it?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
I see. I hadn't understood properly. I thought it was about posting signs on the premises.
Let's go to the next page for my third question. This won't be a yes or no question.
Paragraph 43(1)(c) states:
(c) encourage provincial governments to adopt measures that foster progress toward the equality of status or use of English and French;
How would you like to do that?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
I see. So that can be done by adding language clauses. We are not talking about encouragement.
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
On page 35, paragraph 43.1(1) is entitled “Duty to support instruction in the language of the official language minority communities”.
Is the objective here to broaden the rights holders principle?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
I see. That's a very good answer.
For my fifth question, let's go to page 36. Paragraph 43.1(5), entitled “Use of Funds'', says the following:
(5) The minister shall ensure that the funds transferred to the provinces are spent in the manner provided for in the negotiated agreements.
Does this refer back directly to the language clauses?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Very well.
Do I understand correctly that through 43.2(1), you wish to include the Official Languages in Education Program, OLEP, in the act?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
You may not have included the acronym OLEP here directly, but that is your objective, correct?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
I'll go on to my seventh question.
In proposed paragraph 43.4(1) of the bill, on the collective rights of the New Brunswick communities, was your objective to attach financial reality to section 16 of the Constitution Act, 1982? Aside from indigenous peoples, the Constitution only recognizes the Acadian people.
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
If you say so.
Quebeckers have not managed to obtain that recognition, to date. This would be a great victory for the Acadians and I'm very happy for them. However, is your objective here to codify that recognition in the act so that the money will follow?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Okay.
Let me go on to my next question, on proposed paragraph 43.14(1) of the bill, on page 41 of your document.
These are my last questions, because I think my time must be almost up.
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
This paragraph is about the Official Languages Promotion Fund. Would funds made available following an order of the Official Languages Tribunal go into this fund?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Thank you.
How would the money in the fund be spent? Your text is not clear on that. The minister seems to have a certain discretionary power, but could he spend that money anyway he wished? That's the part I don't understand.
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Good afternoon to you, Minister, and to your colleagues who are here to support you. I am very pleased to see you before the committee today.
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
I would like to ask you a quick question first. In your presentation, you mentioned the 20% increase in core funding for community organizations. We are fully aware that this is very important for linguistic communities. Would you be able to provide the committee with budget figures confirming that, in the past year, each community has in fact received more funding?
Communities used to receive 7¢ of each dollar. I think that's the number. According to the enhancement, that amount of 7¢ should have been increased. Is it possible for you to provide this information to the committee, in order to confirm that the communities are benefiting from the increase?
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