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View Paul Lefebvre Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Paul Lefebvre Profile
2017-12-07 16:39
Yes, but I think one of my fellow members is going to want to come back to his question.
Mr. Théberge, I, too, would like to thank you for being here today. It is clear that your experience with minority communities is extensive, whether in Manitoba, Ontario or, of course, New Brunswick. There is no doubt that you have the experience and education necessary to fight for official languages.
That said, as Mr. Généreux mentioned, a bit of time has elapsed since you were first here. You may know that the committee recommended to the House of Commons that steps be taken to ensure that Supreme Court justices are bilingual. You made a comment about that at Tuesday's meeting. I can't recall your exact words, but, essentially, you said that, despite being a worthy objective, it would not be easy to achieve. I was, of course, a bit taken aback to hear the nominee for the position of Commissioner of Official Languages say that. You are the top dog, the champion, the leading advocate.
I found your remarks somewhat troubling, so I'd like to give you an opportunity to elaborate or better explain what you meant.
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