MONCTON, May 22, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today launched the first in a series of Government of Canada pan-Canadian 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 ones that allow new arrivals to this country to participate fully in our society," said Minister Moore. "Thanks to our official languages, together we are building a prosperous Canada. These are the reasons why we are proud to hold follow-up consultations on the Roadmap."
The Government will undertake extensive consultations, meeting with Canadians in every province and territory. In addition to Moncton, communities that will host consultations include Victoria, Edmonton, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Sudbury, Québec City, Montréal, Fredericton, Halifax, Charlottetown, St. John's, Whitehorse, Yellowknife, and Iqaluit. Consultations will also be held in smaller communities across Canada.
Additional communities will be added to the list and announced at a later date. An online forum will also give Canadians who are unable to attend consultations in person the opportunity to share their views.
The Roadmap for Canada's Linguistic Duality 2008-2013: Acting for the Future is an unprecedented government-wide investment of $1.1 billon over five years that reaffirms the Government of Canada's commitment to our two official languages and to ensuring the vitality of 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.)