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12 November 2017

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November 11, 2017

A very big "Thank You" to our veterans who are to be honoured for their sacrifice in the last two world wars.   For information on how this day is celebrated across Canada:

https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/canada/remembrance-day

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I'm always happy to circulate good news so I'll try & keep this message only about good news.  My last message was about the failure of Bill C-203 (the bilingualization of the Supreme Court).  Many people were surprised at the number of Liberal MPs who voted against this bill which was championed by an NDP PM (François Choquette).  Readers who responded to my request for details of the vote sent two links.  These links contain the names of the MPs who voted Yea/Nay, complete with their email addresses.  Please locate your MP & thank those who voted against the bill:

http://www.ourcommons.ca/Parliamentarians/en/votes/42/1/374

https://openparliamentca/votes/42-1/374/

Summary of the votes:

  • 162 Liberal
  •  88 Conservative
  •  11 Bloc
  •  30 NDP
  •  0 Green

291 votes (includes 2 paired votes  (For an explanation of “paired”, link to:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pair_(parliamentary_convention)#Canada

For those who want the "YES" voters, a reader sent a list in Word - please ask for a copy.  I see many YEAS coming from French names (which is understandable as they are the main beneficiaries); the English names with YEAS are the Francophiles who have embraced the French culture & language purely because they give them the advantage of being in the minority.  By the rules of supply & demand, the commodity in short supply makes the price go higher.  Do you know that Fed. Public servants are paid 30% higher than similar jobs in the private sector?  That's the carrot for the non-French to put as much effort as possible into becoming bilingual - waste of time as the policy is NOT working, no matter how much money is thrown at it.  Read that report at the end.

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For now, I want to focus on the ALLY that we have in the NDP - a First Nation MP who opposed Bill C-203

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When all else fails, just ask for more money - Canadians are in dire straits as our national debt mounts but.....that doesn't seem to bother those who think that their survival, linguistically & culturally, is of paramount importance.

Without taxpayer funding and a decent business model, some organizations fail. So a complaint to the language commissioner was made by a French group for some spare change. 

https://www5.tfo.org/onfr/le-resdac-au-bord-de-la-disparition/

The fact remains that the envelope of the Action Plan for Official Languages ​​has been waiting for several months. An important manna for many francophone organizations out of breath.

"In the last eleven years, there has been a freeze on investments by Canadian Heritage and the entire federal government in the Roadmap (Action Plan for Official Languages ​​(...) There is a huge catch-up in the next Roadmap, "says Dupuis.

OTTAWA - Nothing is going right for the Network for the Development of Literacy and Skills (RESDAC). The organization representing francophone literacy groups and associations in a minority context has not had a single employee since last week.

The report was issued on Tuesday, November 7, by the Federation of Francophone and Acadian Communities (FCFA). A press conference that served as a cry of the heart.

"We cut both legs to an organization whose work and field of action remained extremely relevant," said General Manager Alain Dupuis. "We have taken some negative steps that have the potential to push literacy and skills development clients to turn to English-language services."

Until then, one person was still employed part-time. A human resource far from previous years when the RESDAC had up to ten employees for an annual budget of $ 600,000. The organization estimates that $ 150,000 in core funding is still needed to survive.

The crux of the problem: the lack of subsidies from the federal government. A problem since RESDAC coordinates and ensures the cohesion of the literacy and essential skills levels of Francophone adults across Canada.

Financing cut for three years

In 2014, the federal government through Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) removed core funding from the organization.

A glimmer of hope had emerged last December when the former Parliamentary Secretary to Canadian Heritage Minister Randy Boissonnault announced a $ 90,000 grant for the organization. "This fund was for a special project," says RESDAC President Donald Desroches.

According to the latest pan-Canadian report on the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), 53% of Francophones in Canada would have difficulty reading and understanding a simple text.

"The federal government's funding programs are not always adapted to our reality," said Desroches. "Francophones have not always had access to French schools. In our communities, we have a level of illiteracy that has existed for some time because of this lack of access to education. "

Created in 1991 as the Canadian Federation for French literacy (FCAF), the RESDAC had celebrated its 25 th anniversary last year.

Complaint to the Commissioner of Official Languages

In addition, RESDAC confirms that it filed a complaint with the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages ​​of Canada in 2015.

The FCFA denounces the fact that the federal government has not respected Part VII of the Official Languages ​​Act, which requires federal institutions to take positive measures to support the development of Francophone minority communities.

Mr. Desroches took advantage of the conference to make the OPC's recommendations public. "First, they want to re-evaluate the orientation and eligibility criteria in the programs. The second recommendation is that they want to evaluate the impact of the fact that they (the government) have cut basic funding to RESDAC. "

The fact remains that the envelope of the Action Plan for Official Languages ​​has been waiting for several months. An important manna for many francophone organizations out of breath.

"In the last eleven years, there has been a freeze on investments by Canadian Heritage and the entire federal government in the Roadmap (Action Plan for Official Languages ​​(...) There is a huge catch-up in in the next Roadmap, "says Dupuis.

In December 2016, RESDAC received $ 90,000 in financial assistance

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Howard Galganov's editorial on Quebec is interesting reading:

http://www.galganov.com/editorials.asp?id=2350

Sent: October 30, 2017 8:37 AM

To: Kim McConnell

Subject: Re: Good News

You're right. It is a massive waste of money, time and effort. And in a way, Canada's akin to the USA, this is Canada's version of Affirmative Action, which is a dreadful display of linguistic Racism.

And you are also right . . . All of this DISHONOR is to self Aggrandize the Elitists in the French Canadian Community.

It doesn’t help the French, and discriminates against the English. The Vote Re the Supreme Court says more than just a little bit.



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