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View René Arseneault Profile
Lib. (NB)
Ms. Effendi, thank you for your vigour, your mastery of the issue and your professionalism. Having said that, need I add that you're from Madawaska—Restigouche?
View René Arseneault Profile
Lib. (NB)
You discussed your organization's funding. How many members of your staff are paid?
View René Arseneault Profile
Lib. (NB)
View René Arseneault Profile
Lib. (NB)
Roughly speaking, what are the federal and provincial contributions to your operating budget?
View René Arseneault Profile
Lib. (NB)
That's $30,000 plus $180,000; that's quite a lot of money. I know there's never enough money because there's always some catching up to do, but is your funding stable? That's what makes the organization sound.
View René Arseneault Profile
Lib. (NB)
Having been on the executive of an equivalent organization in New Brunswick for many years, I know the exact role you play as chair.
In this entire wave that has broken since "Black Thursday", how is your organization actually putting pressure on the Ford government, which gives you about $200,000 in funding? How do you feel about that? Are there any threats? How do you manage it?
View Steven Blaney Profile
CPC (QC)
Thanks very much, Mr. Chair.
I agree with Mr. Arseneault. The Association des juristes d'expression française de l'Ontario is in good hands with you, Ms. Effendi. Thank you for your dynamism and your very clear views.
You're a lawyer, and I'd like to hear your legal opinion, but, first, I'd like to clarify a point.
View Steven Blaney Profile
CPC (QC)
Yes, free of charge!
I was a member of the previous government, which implemented the language rights support program, the LRSP. That program was suspended 20 months ago and is no longer accessible. It was replaced by the court challenges program, which is still not operational. The first meeting of the expert panel responsible for official language rights is scheduled for December 17. If anyone wants to check that information, I have the article from L'Express here. It's simply a point of view. It's important for us to maintain funding for the LRSP. I can't wait for it to be available, as it was before my Liberal colleagues suspended it.
My question concerns part VII of the Official Languages Act. The legal opinion, Ms. Effendi...
Some hon. Members: Oh, oh!
View Steven Blaney Profile
CPC (QC)
You have to call a spade a spade and discuss the facts.
Mr. Chair, I see my speaking time flying by, and I want to let my lawyer speak.
Ms. Effendi, you raised an important point when you said we should give the law some teeth. Subsection 41(1) of part VII is very clear:
The Government of Canada is committed to (a) enhancing the vitality of the English and French linguistic minority communities in Canada and supporting and assisting their development; and (b) fostering the full recognition and use of both English and French in Canadian society.
And subsection 41(2) reads as follows:
Every federal institution has the duty to ensure that positive measures are taken...
Earlier we talked about provincial measures, but here we're talking about positive measures the federal government can take.
Can the federal government advance the francophone communities, more particularly the Franco-Ontarian community, in view of recent events? A major university project is under way, but you didn't say a lot about that. Could the federal government play a leadership role in that regard, as Mr. Jolin, president of the Assemblée de la francophonie de l'Ontario, asked?
Thank you.
View Steven Blaney Profile
CPC (QC)
So you're saying that, in modernizing the Official Languages Act, we should define the concept of...
View Bernard Généreux Profile
CPC (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you, Mr. Théberge
I want to go back to the statement you just made. You said that, even if the university funding issue were resolved, the basic problem of lack of respect for the Franco-Ontarian community and all francophone minority communities in Canada would remain.
Would you please explain exactly what that means? I put the question to Mr. Nolin, but he didn't want to venture an opinion. Since you are the Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada, you're perfectly able to tell me what you think. I don't doubt there are financial solutions for the university's problems, but I'd like to hear your comments on that.
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