MONTREAL, July 9, 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 Montréal on their priorities in one of a series of pan-Canadian Government consultations on official languages.
"Our two official languages are an advantage for Canadians and our businesses, both at home and abroad," said Minister Moore. "We are committed to protecting, celebrating, and strengthening linguistic duality. We are now consulting with Canadians about the best ways to proceed so that everyone benefits."
"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 Montréal, consultations are being held in Victoria, Edmonton, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Sudbury, Québec City, Fredericton, Moncton, Charlottetown, Halifax, St. John's, Whitehorse, Yellowknife, and Iqaluit. Consultations will also be held in smaller communities across Canada.
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.
For further information:
(media only), please contact:
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
and Official Languages
(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)