Harper Government Consults Canadians on the Next Phase of the Roadmap for Canada's Linguistic Duality

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 consultations."

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 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.

SOURCE Canadian Heritage

For further information:

(media only), please contact:

Sébastien Gariépy
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)

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