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View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
I thought I was making you sad by telling you it wouldn't be done before 2019. In fact, unlike the Liberals, I don't know the truth.
I'm asking you whether it would be possible simply to amend the act without completely changing it.
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
However, let's not forget the judgment that was rendered in British Columbia, and which could quickly become case law in a year. By the time the new version of the act comes into force, in perhaps two or three years, if we wait until after the election, we must prevent another judgment from confirming this one. Consequently, what can we do right away? How can we amend part VII to prevent immediately this judgment in British Columbia from becoming case law?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Are there currently any other cases before the Canadian courts in which one of the parties might want to rely on the BC judgment?
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CPC (QC)
Two weeks ago, Ms. Joly reported to this committee that she had said in cabinet—if I'm not mistaken—that she didn't necessarily agree with the BC judge's reasoning. Is that consistent with what you suggest Ms. Wilson-Raybould should tell her lawyers?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Madam Minister, we are very pleased to have you with us this morning.
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
That is fine.
You closed on the very topic of my questions. You talked about linguistic rights and the fact that they have to be applied. Minister Brison and yourself share a responsibility for the act and its implementation, both in the government apparatus and in government agencies.
Over the past three years, have you had to intervene through email, letters, telephone calls or verbally, at Cabinet meetings or with one of your ministerial colleagues, to point out that in a given area of activity in a given department, the act had not been followed?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
We learned, thanks to Mr. Orfali from the Journal de Montréal, that the Canada Infrastructure Bank provided no bilingual services when it opened in the beginning of the year. And yet, it is a Crown corporation. Did you intervene at that time with Minister Sohi, to ask him to remedy that situation?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Very well.
A lady in Calgary, Alberta, wrote to me, not too long ago. She feels that the Service Canada Royal Vista office should be providing bilingual services. This lady has been going there often, for several years. There is a sign displayed there that says that citizens can obtain services in both official languages. However, this citizen says that systematically, she can only access service in English.
Personally, I find that situation deplorable, and I intend to send you a letter about it soon. Can you act? Can you speak to Minister Jean-Yves Duclos, since this falls under his responsibility, I believe, and ask him to remedy the situation?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
We saw that announcement. We are well aware of that.
I'd like to ask you another question. Some of the replies you provide to committee reports are long, and others less so. In all of your replies, however, there is a paragraph referring to the Conservative decade and to budget cuts.
Could you give us an example of cuts made by the Conservative government between 2006 and 2015?
View Alupa Clarke Profile
CPC (QC)
Could you give us an example of cuts that took place during the 10 years we were in power?
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