WHITEHORSE, YT, Aug. 28, 2012 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Ryan Leef, Member of Parliament (Yukon), today consulted official-language minority communities in Whitehorse 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. "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."
"Our official languages matter to all Canadians, and their thoughts on the challenges and priorities related to linguistic duality are an invaluable part of our consultations," said Mr. Leef.
The Harper Government has undertaken extensive consultations to meet with Canadians from all provinces and territories. In addition to Whitehorse, consultations are being held in Victoria, Edmonton, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Sudbury, Montréal, Fredericton, Moncton, Charlottetown, Halifax, St. John's, 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.
(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
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