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View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
We are going to start meeting 147, which is being televised today.
We have the honour of having Raymond Théberge, the Commissioner of Official Languages, with us today.
Pursuant to Standing Order 108(3)(f), we are studying the Annual Report of the Commissioner of Official Languages 2018-19, referred to the committee on May 9, 2019.
To give some context to today's meeting for everyone watching, I would like to point out that the act provides for the presentation of an annual report by the Commissioner of Official Languages. This has been the case since 1969, if I'm not mistaken. The committee's conventions and traditions provide that we shall promptly receive the Commissioner each time so that he can submit his report directly.
Mr. Commissioner, you will have 10 minutes, as is customary, to make your opening remarks. Then, according to the committee's procedure, we will have a one-hour roundtable discussion.
Thank you to you and your team for being here today, including Ms. Giguère, Assistant Commissioner, and Ms. Saikaley.
Go ahead, Mr. Commissioner. We are listening.
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Mr. Commissioner, thank you for your opening remarks and your annual report. I think this is your second report since you've been in the position. It's a captivating report, and I am sure that my colleagues will have some interesting questions for you.
I will take this opportunity to welcome Mr. Ouellette to the largest House of Commons committee. In fact, this is where national unity is played out from day to day.
Thank you for being here, sir.
We'll start with our questions. Mrs. Boucher, you have the floor.
View Sylvie Boucher Profile
CPC (QC)
Good morning, Mr. Théberge.
I am always very happy to have you appear before the Standing Committee on Official Languages and to see that you greatly appreciate the work we do here. It's good to see that a committee can be non-partisan most of the time.
In your remarks, you said, “The existing division of official languages responsibilities within the government is confusing and inefficient. That is why I want to see an effective governance structure build into the modernized act…”.
Could you elaborate on your two ideas: where is this confusing and what would you like to see in terms of effective governance?
View Sylvie Boucher Profile
CPC (QC)
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
You have 50 seconds left.
View Sylvie Boucher Profile
CPC (QC)
It is often said that it's a matter of political will. There is indeed a political aspect. We are politicians, and our mentality is different. That being said, do you think that the machine itself is adapting to the politicians' desire to modernize official languages? Is the machine ready to make concessions?
Often we play the political game, and sometimes we tease each other. However, we know very well that the machine is behind us. We will move on, but the machine will remain.
Has the government machinery adapted to official languages?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Thank you very much, Mrs. Boucher.
I'll now give the floor to Ms. Lambropoulos.
View Emmanuella Lambropoulos Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you very much for being here with us once again. We really appreciate your presence here.
Obviously, in Quebec we're dealing with a bit of a weird situation at the moment where school boards are potentially being threatened. We know that this can pose a huge risk for the minority community who should have access to education in their minority language.
In your third recommendation, you speak a little bit to this. You say that the Minister of Official Languages should consider adding language clauses that include transparency mechanisms to enable the federal government to measure compliance by the provinces and territories.
Can you go into more detail and give us examples of what you mean?
View Emmanuella Lambropoulos Profile
Lib. (QC)
Do you have any other recommendations with regard to education that could help us protect the minority language, specifically in Quebec?
View Emmanuella Lambropoulos Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you very much.
You also mentioned that the complaints have increased in general to 1,087 from almost 200 fewer last year. I'd like to know how your recommendations would decrease this number.
View Emmanuella Lambropoulos Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you very much.
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
You have one minute left, Ms. Lambropoulos.
View Emmanuella Lambropoulos Profile
Lib. (QC)
Those were the questions that I had prepared for you, but maybe you would like to give us a little more detail about your fourth recommendation as well.
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Thank you, Commissioner.
We'll now go to Mr. Choquette, from the entrepreneurial region of Drummondville.
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