Excellent News on the Official Languages Front in Canada and New-Brunswick

At least three excellent news were announced yesterday on the official languages front in Canada and New-Brunswick. Firstly, the Prime Minister of Canada announced the nomination of Mr. Graham Fraser for reappointment as Commissioner of Official Languages for a three-year term effective in October. I welcome this great news and look forward to pursuing our efficient collaboration.

Secondly, Commissioner Fraser and his New Brunswick counterpart, Commissioner Michel Carrier, marked yesterday the 20th anniversary of the amendment of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to include section 16.1. This section recognizes the equality of New Brunswick’s two official language communities and gives both communities the right to their own educational and cultural institutions.

Lastly, Michel Carrier and Graham Fraser also announced the signing of an agreement that will enable both offices to expand their cooperation in order to optimize their support to the citizens, communities and organizations that they serve. As per the memorandum of understanding I signed with Mr. Fraser in November 2012, this agreement will allow both offices to carry out joint studies and promotional activities.

I wish to congratulate Commissioners Fraser and Carrier for these great accomplishments!

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