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Lib. (MB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I'll be sharing my time with Mr. Arseneault.
Thank you to our witnesses.
I have one question for Mr. Landry.
Mr. Landry, I'm from Manitoba in western Canada. It's interesting. Even within western Canada you see regional differences with regard to the decline of French. In Alberta and the northern territories, it appears to be increasing, in some cases very rapidly, but in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, it's declining. As you know, in Manitoba we have a very tight and geographically focused community in Saint Boniface and some of our southern Manitoba communities.
I wonder if you could reflect on and give us some picture of what's going on in western Canada with respect to the vitality of French. Perhaps you could use your framework of the various actors, community, family, civil society, government. If we understand what the problem is, hopefully we can develop solutions.
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Lib. (MB)
Mr. Arseneault.
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Lib. (MB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Welcome, Minister. It's great to have you with us.
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Lib. (MB)
Minister, we have two Manitobans in the committee today, Mr. Mazier and myself. As you know, we have a vibrant francophone community in Manitoba. You'll remember that because I took you to École Noël-Ritchot—
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Lib. (MB)
—a French school, K to eight, where the students spoke beautiful French and where we were opening a French child care centre.
Minister, French is declining in the west. We know there's a shortage of both French teachers and French immersion teachers, with the demand [Technical difficulty-Editor] really growing. We have evidence—my daughter, for one—that even though they've been through French immersion, they're losing their French because they don't have the opportunity to use it. I'm wondering how your reform document will address these and other pressing issues.
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Lib. (MB)
I look forward to working with you on those improvements, Minister.
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Lib. (MB)
I sure will. Thank you.
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Lib. (MB)
Mr. Chair, I know that Marie-France [Technical difficulty—Editor] opportunity earlier so perhaps I could give her that opportunity. No?
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Lib. (MB)
Mr. Chair, I will be speaking first, and I'll be sharing my time with Ms. Lalonde.
As I said earlier, I am from Manitoba, as is Mr. Mazier. As is the case in Alberta, demand for French education is growing rapidly and our education system is not keeping up. From what we've heard today, it's been a difficult year for Franco-Albertans and the ACF over the issue of chronic underfunding.
What future do you see for the Franco-Albertan community, and more largely, francophones in western Canada, if provincial governments seek to undermine the rights of franco-westerners through underfunding?
In response to some of the comments I've heard, I would be very worried if provinces abandoned their responsibilities with respect to higher education in this way. It could be a very slippery slope, and that, thankfully, hasn't happened in Manitoba.
Could you comment on that? I know there are former colleagues of Mr. Kenney's on this committee. What would be your message to him, through them, and how can all members of this committee forge federal-provincial co-operation in this area of French higher education?
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Lib. (MB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair. I want to thank both of our delegations for coming to see us today on this important topic.
My questions are for our friends from the CBSA. First, let me just thank you for all your hard work, as Mr. Blaney said, on the front lines. We know that the pandemic has been challenging for all of us. We've had to be flexible. Public measures have been changing rapidly, as you know, and undoubtedly will change again, particularly as we ease our way out of this pandemic.
I'm very interested in some of the additional measures that you put in place during the pandemic when some of these measures were introduced by the federal government, particularly the closing of the border, just in terms of staff complements and beefing up the complement of bilingual officers. This won't be the last pandemic we have, by the way. I'm certainly told by public health officials that more are on their way.
As a bit of a corollary to that question, my understanding is that there is a shortage of bilingual officers. Can you give me a little more detail about your plan, targets and dates by which you will fulfill the conditions of your plan?
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Lib. (MB)
I think I have time for one more question.
The Commissioner of Official Languages' audit of the agency was referenced earlier in your presentation and by some of our questioners. He indicated there was a need for more bilingual superintendents within the CBSA. What are you doing to close the gap on that particular item that the Commissioner of Official Languages highlighted?
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Lib. (MB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
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Lib. (MB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I apologize. My computer crashed. I had to reboot and get back in.
It's good to see everyone again.
I think my question would be directed at Mr. Labelle Eastaugh.
Two of the members of this committee are from Manitoba, which I have said many times to this committee has a very vibrant and historic francophone community which, of course, has been there for centuries.
There is evidence that French is in decline in western Canada. Across western Canada there is a shortage of French teachers and a shortage of spots for being educated in the French language. This compromises communities' constitutional right to education in the minority language. Communities are having to resort to the courts to assert their rights.
I wonder if you might expand on your reading of the white paper released by Minister Joly not too long ago, and whether you see an improvement in that vein, where communities do not have to resort to the courts. What advice might you have to keep us out of the courts for these communities to realize their constitutional rights?
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Lib. (MB)
Maybe there is a quick comment from Mr. Côté.
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Lib. (MB)
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