French-Language Postsecondary Education is Mentioned in the Speech from the Throne

The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, opened the second session of the 40th Parliament of Ontario with a Speech from the Throne yesterday afternoon at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. I was in attendance at this event and must say I am delighted that the Premier of Ontario, the Honorable Kathleen Wynne, has demonstrated in this Speech from the Throne her government’s commitment to provide Francophones, Francophiles and newcomers with an improved access to French-language postsecondary education, namely in Central-Southwestern Ontario. It is a clear and unequivocal commitment which everyone ― including members of the Ontario Publics Service ― will easily understand. It is now a matter of discussing the planning and the implementation!

As stated in my report entitled The State of French-Language Postsecondary Education in Central-Southwestern Ontario: No access, no future, it is crucial that the government develop and implement concrete, decisive action to correct the very low French-language postsecondary education access rates ranging from 0 to 3% in Central-Southwestern Ontario. The Expert Panel on French-Language Postsecondary Education also shares this view as described in its report Moving Forward. This is therefore a new step in the right direction.

As a result, this is a matter to be followed very, very closely!

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