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SANB joins Franco-Ontarians and English-speaking Quebec in coalition

New-Brunswick Acadians, English-speaking Quebecers and Franco-Ontario united their strengths. A historical memorandum of understanding was signed to defend the linguistic rights of official language minority communities. The Société de l’Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick (SANB), the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), and the Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) now form a coalition in the defense of linguistic rights.

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QCGN Denounces Cuts to French Language Services in Ontario

QCGN Denounces Cuts to French Language Services in Ontario

Montreal – November 15, 2018 – The Quebec Community Groups Network condemns the decision by Ontario’s Conservative government to abolish the Office of the French Language Services Commissioner and cancel plans to create a new French-language university.

“The QCGN has looked to Ontario as a model for how an official language minority community should be treated,” said QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers.

He said Ontario has provided an effective example for the rest of Canada: a French Language Services Act, which is intended to protect the rights of Franco-Ontarians; an Office of Francophone Affairs that ensures Franco-Ontarians receive government services in French so they can participate in the social, economic and political life of the province; as well as a French Language Services Commissioner to ensure those rights are respected.

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Trudeau also apologizes for his answer in French (FR)

“Quelques jours après s’être excusé pour sa réponse en français à Sherbrooke, le premier ministre Justin Trudeau a également adressé ses excuses à l’Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) pour une réponse en anglais à une question posée en français à Peterborough.”

After the incident which happened on January 13 in Peterborough, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did the opposite in Sherbrooke a few days later. Following those two events, l’Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario launched a letter campaign in partnership with the QCGN.

Trudeau apologized in a letter to AFO on February 23 saying he understood the importance for a Prime Minister to speak in minority communities in their own language. The letter campaign allowed to send 85 letters in French and 70 in English. Furthermore, the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages also received about 60 complaints, which neither AFO, nor QCGN contributed as organizations.

Read the full article in ONfr – TFO website.

Read the letter and AFO’s comments