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View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Thank you, Madam Chair.
Good morning, Minister. I'm pleased to see you this morning.
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CPC (QC)
We were unable to meet with you yesterday in the Standing Committee on Official Languages as a result of the many votes that were held.
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CPC (QC)
Yes, but, as you can see, I've arranged to be here this morning.
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CPC (QC)
My first question is really diplomatic in nature. It concerns an interesting debate for all the founding peoples, which I love, as you know.
Yesterday, the Prime Minister confirmed that he was going to modernize the Official Languages Act, but the question is whether that will be done before the election. Can you tell us about that?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Yes, I understand.
Madam Chair, I have enormous respect for Mr. Casey. We know each other well. However, the Prime Minister made an incredible announcement yesterday. The Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne, the FCFA, the Société de l'Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick, the SANB, and other organizations want to know whether that will be done before the election.
Do you want to answer that, Minister?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
All the other questions concern the main estimates.
Does the minister want to answer or not?
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CPC (QC)
Several sections of the Official Languages act, including section 7, provide for positive measures. However, section 7 is not detailed and specific enough for judges to be able to grant positive measures, which, of course, require federal spending. If we want to reform the act, we must focus on section 7 in particular. That's very important. There has been one case, in British Columbia, in which a judge was unable to find in favour of the francophones.
Does the Prime Minister intend to examine the problem before the next election as it relates to the main estimates?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Thank you very much, Minister.
On page 2 of your speaking notes, you say something I consider very important: "And, so that our creators and creative industries can be promoted and supported internationally, we are allocating $125 million over five years to Canada's first-ever Creative Export Strategy."
I do a lot of door-to-door work, and my fellow citizens often ask me questions about spending on this Canadian creative export strategy. How did your trip to South Korea help you refine that plan? Can you give us some examples of how your diplomatic meetings contributed to the plan?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Thank you. I would like to ask you one final question.
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CPC (QC)
The supplementary estimates provide for $14.53 million over five years—thank heaven—to assist community radio stations and media in the official language minority communities, the OLMCs.
We talk a lot about that in the Standing Committee on Official Languages. Would you agree that a portion of that amount should immediately be sent to those organizations? We know the funding won't be available for a few months.
When those organizations appeared before this committee, they told us they were about to shut down. Would you be prepared to make an effort and immediately allocate $2 million to those organizations on an urgent basis?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
I have a special request to make of all my colleagues.
We're just next door to the House of Commons, and we are extraordinarily lucky to have the minister with us. I move that we extend the meeting by 14 minutes in order to go around the table twice for seven minutes each. What do you think?
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