VAL-D'OR, QC, July 11, 2012 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable James
Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Jacques
Gourde, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Works and
Government Services, for Official Languages and for the Economic
Development Agency for the Regions of Quebec, today consulted
official-language minority communities in Val-d'Or on their priorities
in one of a series of pan-Canadian Government consultations on official
"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. "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 consultations."
"These consultations are an excellent opportunity for citizens of Quebec
to share their thoughts and help us identify the challenges and
priorities related to official languages," said Mr. Gourde.
The Harper Government has undertaken extensive consultations to meet
with Canadians from all provinces and territories. In addition to
Val-d'Or, consultations are being held in Victoria, Edmonton, Regina,
Winnipeg, 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
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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