Federal budget indicates government committed to Quebec's English-speaking minority with a renewed Roadmap for Official Languages

MONTREAL, March 21, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Quebec Community Groups Network is happy that the Federal budget includes funding for a new official languages Roadmap and looks forward to hearing the details of the action plan in the coming weeks.

In his budget speech, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced the Government is committed to supporting official languages through its new Roadmap for Canada's Official Languages (2013-2018).

"Canada's two official languages are an integral part of our country's history and culture as well as our identity as a nation," he said, noting the new Roadmap represents an ongoing commitment to enhance the vitality of Canada's official language minority communities and contribute to a strengthened linguistic duality.

"We are certainly pleased to hear that the Roadmap, which provides essential support to our minority language communities, will be renewed," said QCGN President Dan Lamoureux.  "We are eager to see the action plan so we can determine what positive impacts it will have on our network of organizations that deliver services to English-speaking Quebecers."

For the full version of the press release, go to www.qcgn.ca/news

The Quebec Community Groups Network (www.qcgn.ca) is a not-for-profit organization bringing together 41 English-language community organizations across Quebec. Its mission is to identify, explore and address strategic issues affecting the development and vitality of English-speaking Quebec and to encourage dialogue and collaboration among its member organizations, individuals, community groups, institutions and leaders.

SOURCE: QUEBEC COMMUNITY GROUPS NETWORK (QCGN)

For further information:

Rita Legault, Director of Communications and Public Relations
Rita.legault@qcgn.ca
Tel.: (514) 868-9044, ext. 223, Cell: (514) 912-6555

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