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The Hill Times

QCGN wants to meet with unilingual official languages Parliamentary Secretary

The minority English-speaking community in Quebec wants to meet with Conservative MP Jacques Gourde, Parliamentary secretary to James Moore, Canadian Heritage and Official Languages minister, but since he was appointed last year, he’s not taken up an invitation to do so. 

“The community wants the Government of Canada to support the English-speaking community,” said Quebec Community Groups Network director general Sylvia Martin-Laforge. “Language shouldn’t be a barrier. … Is he not meeting with us because he doesn’t speak English?”

Liberal MP Stéphane Dion raised the issue in Question Period last Tuesday. “Its representatives have made every effort to meet the Parliamentary Secretary for Official Languages since his appointment a year ago but he keeps refusing to meet them. Why is he snubbing them? Is it arrogance, indifference, crass laziness or gross incompetence? Whatever it is, will he commit to meet the QCGN at the first opportunity?” he said.

Mr. Moore replied that he’s met with a variety of organizations representing anglophone communities in Quebec. 

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