Today, New Democrats wish a happy Franco-Ontarian Day and Franco-Ontarian Flag Day to all members of this diverse and strong community.
Thanks to their tenacity and perseverance, the Franco-Ontarian flag, first raised in Sudbury 38 years ago, has become this community’s indisputable emblem. It’s also thanks to their hard work that a day was dedicated to them by the government of Ontario three years ago, recognizing their important social, political and cultural contributions to the province.
This celebration is an opportunity for all Ontarians and Canadians to pay tribute to Ontario’s francophone community—and to express their francophone pride alongside students in Ontario schools and postsecondary institutions who are actively participating in this day of celebration.
New Democrats will continue to defend the interests and language of nearly 600,000 francophones living outside Quebec. Ontario’s francophone community has an important place within the Canadian Francophonie, and we will keep working to ensure it has the tools it needs to grow and prosper.
– Yvon Godin, Official Opposition critic for Official Languages