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Lib. (QC)
That's the day after tomorrow.
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Lib. (QC)
How much time do I have, Mr. Chair?
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Lib. (QC)
Good afternoon, Mr. Carrière.
I would like to tell you about my experience. Before I became the Liberal critic for La Francophonie, I was the Liberal critic for official languages. At that time, I travelled from one end of Canada to the other to meet with francophones from Canada, and obviously anglophones from Quebec. Two things struck me and I was told them over and over. The first is the old story of the abolition of the Court Challenges Program of Canada. Then the government restored it, in a way, but that caused great harm to French-speaking and English-speaking minority communities across Canada.
I am sitting on this committee for the day. I see an institution that I respect enormously, for a number of reasons, and that is maybe also going to lose a lot of blood and have its wings clipped. I think that institution has created a Canadian spirit for anglophones from sea to sea. It has also created a francophone spirit, a minority spirit, certainly, but francophone nonetheless, in all of Canada.
Mr. Carrière, what I am hearing from you makes me very afraid. I am afraid when I hear what you are saying about an isolated community in Northern Ontario, where the young people are already suffering a phenomenon called "language loss", which amounts to culture loss. It is inevitable when they listen to radio and watch television in English. Our generation does the same thing, but it's worse for young people. Once they have lost their language, it is almost lost forever.
I know the CBC is not run by the government. We all know it, but we also know that what the CBC can do also depends on the budgets it is allocated by the government, is that right?
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Lib. (QC)
This government may intend to cut its funding, which would hurt everyone and would hurt your community in Northern Ontario enormously.
Do you want to say something about that?
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Lib. (QC)
It isn't just the question of America, I agree with you. It's also a question of getting news, of seeing yourself reflected in the information your get, local information from your region.
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Lib. (QC)
Receiving information from Quebec, that isn't so bad.
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Lib. (QC)
But in a country as rich as ours, we should be able to tell people who are isolated, as your community is, that they can get information that relates to them directly.
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Lib. (QC)
You know, we talk about the dominant culture. It is true that in Canada, English is the dominant culture, because we are surrounded by so many anglophones. That's to be expected. But we, and I think I speak for several of us on this side of the table and maybe even for the people on the other side of the table, we want there to be some protection for minority cultures.
We have seen a government apologize to aboriginal children. That was a good thing.
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Lib. (QC)
But rather than wait another 50 or 60 years for other cultures to disappear, it might be time for this government to do something concrete. That is why you came here, Mr. Carrière.
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Lib. (QC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I've been here for 14 years. I have sat on a number of committees, some of which I've chaired, and I'm not aware that it is the privilege of any member of Parliament to actually interrogate a witness. I would strongly suggest to you, Mr. Chair, that the member stick to the actual subject that is under review here, and that the issue of either the witness' character or anything else pertinent to that should not be a question that is being discussed here.
I think Mr. Del Mastro is being absolutely insulting to the witness. I don't know the witness. I've never met him before, but I really don't think this kind of interrogation should be taking place.
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Lib. (QC)
Although I appreciate what my colleague is trying to do, at the same time, he is bringing forth arguments that we heard from some witnesses and that we discussed fully in other meetings. I would ask you, as chair, to ask Mr. Komarnicki to finish his presentation without going through these arguments.
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