Ottawa – November 16, 2018 – The Canadian Parents for French network across Canada 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 French Language Services Commissioner, François Boileau, has served all Ontarians, informing and educating Anglophones on the linguistic rights of the minority language community, while ensuring linguistic rights holders were protected. His leadership has been exemplary in bringing the language groups together, increasing understanding of the importance of the principle of linguistic duality to Canada,” said CPF National President Nancy McKeraghan.
“Today, we stand in solidarity with all Franco-Ontarians and our French-speaking partner organizations in calling for the Ford government to reconsider these cuts which will have important implications on Ontario’s French language minority community,” McKeraghan concluded.
CPF National notes that during the leadership race for the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, Doug Ford promised to support the creation of a French-language university in Ontario, a promise that was renewed by his party during the recent provincial election. The province has now canceled plans to create a new French-language university.
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Canadian Parents for French is a nationwide, research-informed, volunteer organization that represents 25,000 members across Canada and champions the opportunity to learn and use French for all those who call Canada home.