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An opportunity to rethink federal support for official language communities

By Graham Fox, Lise Routhier-Boudreau      

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Official Languages Act in 2019, our message is this. To the government: settle the funding, then lead the public conversation needed to come to a modern, comprehensive public policy statement for official languages.

In the last year, Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly has led cross-country consultations on the next multi-year action plan for Official Languages.‎ It's time for a more fundamental review of how the Government of Canada supports official language minority communities. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
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OTTAWA—In the last year, Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly has led cross-country consultations on the next multi-year action plan for official languages.‎ While the outcomes of that consultation are expected later this year, we believe the time is right for a more fundamental review of how the Government of Canada supports official language minority communities. Since its first iteration created by then-president of the Privy Council Stéphane Dion in 2003, the "Roadmap for Official Languages" has been the

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