Acadian Affairs - Provinces and Territories Committed to Promoting Canadian Francophonie



    HALIFAX, Sept. 12 /CNW/ - Provincial and territorial Ministers
responsible for the Canadian Francophonie are asking the federal government to
develop a new plan on official languages and to renew the agreements on
French-language services.
    Gathered in Halifax for the 12th Ministerial Conference on the Canadian
Francophonie, the provincial and territorial ministers today, Sept. 12,
expressed their desire to work together towards the development and
implementation of the next plan on official languages.
    They also reiterated their commitment to quality French-language
services, and proposed an approach for the negotiation of the French-language
services agreements with the federal government. They also recognized the
importance of community radio as a means of communication and tool for the
development of the Canadian Francophonie.
    "The work done during the provincial and territorial meeting will ensure
the necessary cooperation for the development of the next generation of
agreements. The population is counting on quality French-language services,
and it is our duty to ensure that it has access to such services," said
conference host, Chris d'Entremont, Nova Scotia Minister of Health and
Minister of Acadian Affairs.
    "This level of partnership between governments has strengthened Canada's
Francophonie as well as its sense of identity and has resulted in an increase
of French-language services across the country."

    The Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie aims to build a
stronger relationship between the federal, provincial and territorial
governments in order to enhance French-language services for citizens and to
strengthen the Canadian Francophonie.

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    Provincial and territorial Ministers responsible for the
    Canadian Francophonie are asking the federal government to
    develop a new plan on official languages and renew the
    agreements on French-language services.

    The ministers, meeting in Halifax, have expressed their
    desire to work together towards the development and
    implementation of the next plan on official languages.

    They also reiterated their commitment to quality French-
    language services, and proposed an approach for the negotiation
    of the French-language services agreements with the federal
    government.




For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Jennifer Bourque, Office of
Acadian Affairs, (902) 424-8549, bourquja@gov.ns.ca; Chantal Alarie,
Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie, (306) 933-6355,
calarie@gr.gov.sk.ca

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