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View Claude Gravelle Profile
NDP (ON)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I want to support my colleague. He talked about northern Ontario and the CBC. There used to be a program on CBC Radio that told stories from all over Canada, and it was very interesting. Unfortunately, that program disappeared with all the cuts.
On Radio-Canada, we can listen to a local program until 9 a.m. and then, until 4 p.m., we can hear about traffic in Montreal and about the Champlain Bridge. We can hear all sorts of things about Montreal, but we don't learn anything about other francophone regions of the country. There are many other francophone regions in Canada, but, unfortunately, ideas from those regions are not heard on Radio-Canada. I think it would be a good idea to hear from francophones outside Quebec.
Mr. Chair, you may know that we no longer even have access to Montreal Canadiens games in French in Ontario. The French broadcast is no longer available across the country, just in the region from west of Pembroke to the Maritimes.
We could do many things to improve Radio-Canada's television and radio broadcasts. Therefore, I will support my colleague's motion.
View Claude Gravelle Profile
NDP (ON)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I just want to clarify, regarding what Ms. St-Denis said, that I was not talking about Gatineau, Saint-Joseph Boulevard or Wellington Street, but strictly about northern Ontario. Moreover, I am not surprised that the Liberals don't want to work over the summer.
View Claude Gravelle Profile
NDP (ON)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I would also like to thank the witnesses for appearing before us today.
My first question is about the cuts that were made to CBC/Radio-Canada. In my town, Sudbury, seven or nine French-speaking employees—I do not know the exact number—were laid off, while on the English side, only one person was thanked for his services. Personally, I do not find it fair that francophones are losing so many jobs. I believe the broadcaster can no longer provide the service that francophones are used to. Many francophones live in northern Ontario. For them, the only radio station that is available in French is the Radio-Canada station.
Do you think it would be appropriate to verify which services Radio-Canada provides in northern Ontario?
View Claude Gravelle Profile
NDP (ON)
In other words, we have to fight to be able to speak our official language, namely French, across the country.
View Claude Gravelle Profile
NDP (ON)
Thank you.
My second question has to do with Air Canada.
I read and re-read the French version of your report and I thought I did not understand it. I then read in English, and I understood quite well. As part of your audit, you made 12 recommendations to Air Canada.
The company has implemented only one of them. Can you tell me a little about the remaining 11 recommendations and the specific reasons why they have not been implemented? Was that too much to ask of Air Canada?
View Claude Gravelle Profile
NDP (ON)
Thank you, Chair.
I have a question I would like to ask, but I don't know who can answer it.
With respect to the pool of candidates, when the minister appeared before the committee he said that 22,393 people have applied to come to Canada. There are 200 francophones in the pool. How do you explain the fact that there are only 200 francophones in a pool of 22,000 applicants?
View Claude Gravelle Profile
NDP (ON)
When the witness from New Brunswick appeared last week, he told us that for every job created for francophones, there were two created on the anglophone side. Under these conditions and bearing in mind the very small number of francophone immigrants who apply to come to Canada, what should we do to increase the number of francophones?
View Claude Gravelle Profile
NDP (ON)
In his presentation, the minister said that the government had invested almost $4 million in the Destination Canada program, which consists of a series of annual job fairs that take place in November in francophone countries.
Might that explain why only 270 francophones applied to come to Canada? In fact, $4 million is a very small amount given that we are talking about an investment that concerns every francophone country in the world.
View Claude Gravelle Profile
NDP (ON)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Mr. Dubé, in your speech, you said that for every francophone job in your city, two more anglophone jobs are created. Did I get that right?
View Claude Gravelle Profile
NDP (ON)
Okay, thank you very much.
Ms. Kenny, I think it was you who said that embassy employees in Europe send francophones to Quebec instead because they think there are francophones only in that province.
I spend a lot of time in western Canada. When people hear me speaking French, they ask me if I live in Quebec. When I say that, no, I live in Ontario, they don't believe me. It's not just embassies that have this problem but Canadians, too.
View Claude Gravelle Profile
NDP (ON)
View Claude Gravelle Profile
NDP (ON)
You just said that there's a problem with the media. When I stepped out a few minutes ago, I spoke to a Radio-Canada reporter who works in Sudbury. He told me that they lost seven positions today.
View Claude Gravelle Profile
NDP (ON)
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