CHARLOTTETOWN, May 23, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today consulted minority language communities in Prince Edward Island 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. "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."
The Government will undertake extensive consultations, meeting with Canadians in every province and territory. In addition to Charlottetown, communities that will host consultations include Victoria, Edmonton, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Sudbury, Québec City, Montréal, Fredericton, Moncton, Halifax, 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.)