OTTAWA, November 18, 2011 – The University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law has conferred an honorary doctorate on Bernard Grandmaître, former Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs.
The doctorate was presented to the former minister yesterday, in Ottawa, during a gala event, as part of the Conference on 25 Years of the French Language Services Act.
“We are proud to honour Bernard Grandmaître, a politician who, in particular, played a key role in the adoption of the French Language Services Act, marking an important step for Franco–Ontarians,” said University of Ottawa president Allan Rock.
“Bernard Grandmaître truly changed history. His work and his vision allowed Francophone communities in Ontario to flourish. The Act, which has served us for 25 years, goes beyond symbolic recognition,” stated François Boileau, French Language Services Commissioner.
Bernard Grandmaître was a mayor, MPP and minister during a political career that spanned more than twenty years, beginning in 1969. In 1986, as Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, he achieved the unanimous adoption of the French Language Services Act.
The French Language Services Act requires the Ontario government to provide services in French to citizens, particularly in 25 designated regions.
The Conference on 25 Years of the French Language Services Act is a joint presentation of the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, the Office of the French Language Services Commissioner, the Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario (AJEFO) and GroupeMédia TFO, with the support of the Office of Francophone Affairs.
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