The International Day of la Francophonie gives us an opportunity to celebrate the depth and richness of francophone cultures and communities in Quebec, across Canada and around the world.
Canada’s Francophones have made vital contributions to this country’s cultural, economic and political diversity. Their impact can be felt well beyond the borders of individual communities. From Caraquet to Saint-Boniface, francophone communities have defined a distinct identity of which we can all be proud.
New Democrats recognise the importance of maintaining institutional bilingualism in Parliament to ensure that it is fairer and more representative. We are proud that our bill C-419, calling for all Officers of Parliament to be bilingual before being appointed to their positions, passed second reading last month.
Today, as we add our voices to the chorus celebrating francophone heritage, culture and the French language we renew our commitment to ensuring that Canada’s francophone communities continue to flourish for generations to come.