WINNIPEG, July 17, 2012 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore,
Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Shelly Glover,
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance and Member of
Parliament (Saint Boniface), today consulted official-language minority
communities in Winnipeg on their priorities in one of a series of
pan-Canadian Government consultations on official languages.
"Canada's two official languages help define who we are as Canadians.
They are the languages of our national dialogue and the languages that
allow newcomers to Canada to participate fully in society," said
Minister Moore. "Our Government is committed to protecting,
celebrating, and strengthening our linguistic duality. We are
consulting Canadians on the best path so that we can all benefit."
"These consultations are an excellent opportunity for Manitobans to
share their views on how we can work together to ensure our minority
language communities continue to thrive," said Mrs. Glover. "Thanks to
our official languages, we are working together to build a more
prosperous Canada. This is why our Government is proud to hold these
The Harper Government has undertaken extensive consultations to meet
with Canadians from all provinces and territories. In addition to
Winnipeg, consultations are being held in Victoria, Edmonton, Regina,
Toronto, Ottawa, Sudbury, Québec City, Montréal, Fredericton, Moncton,
Charlottetown, Halifax, St. John's, Whitehorse, Yellowknife, and
Iqaluit. Consultations will also be held in smaller communities across
In addition, an online forum will enable Canadians who cannot take part
in the consultation sessions to share their viewpoints.
The Roadmap for Canada's Linguistic Duality 2008-2013: Acting for the Future is an unprecedented government-wide investment of $1.1 billion over
five years that reaffirms the Harper Government's commitment to our two
official languages and to official-language minority communities.
You can access the online consultations at www.pch.gc.ca/olconsultationslo.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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