FCFA Looks To Increased Collaboration With New Government

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The Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne (FCFA) du Canada intends to resume its constructive relations with the Harper government on the issues of official languages and support for French-speaking minority communities. “The citizens of Canada have spoken, including those living in the communities we represent. We wish to congratulate Prime Minister Harper and all the elected members of Parliament and we look forward to a renewed collaboration,” says FCFA President Marie-France Kenny.

In the past few years, the FCFA has developed constructive relations with the government on issues like the new Language Rights Support Program and finding a solution to the delays experienced by community organizations in the approval and payment of government contributions.

As soon as the new Cabinet is named, the FCFA will follow up on meetings that had been scheduled, namely, with the ministers of Canadian Heritage and Human Resources and Skills Development. “We were to meet with Minister Finley to discuss ways to consult French-speaking communities affected by the restructuring of Service Canada offices,” explains Ms. Kenny. “We will most certainly follow up on this.”

The FCFA’s priorities in its relations with the federal government are clear. They include the full implementation of the Official Languages Act, the recognition of the specific needs of French-speaking minority communities, as well as investments in official languages that are in line with our communities’ priorities.

“We know there will be a Speech from the Throne in the near future. We would like that speech to include a reference to the renewal the Roadmap for Canada’s Linguistic Duality when it ends in 2013; we would also like to see a clear sign that the government intends to consult our communities so that the next generation of the Roadmap is in line with the priorities Francophones have already set for themselves,” points out Ms. Kenny.

The FCFA also wishes to congratulate the new Leader of the Official Opposition, Jack Layton, for the unprecedented performance of his party at the polls. “Official languages and linguistic duality are issues that all members of Parliament must work on and we certainly count on the NDP to follow up on the commitments it made during the campaign,” says Ms. Kenny.

The Fédération also wants to reiterate that it will continue to work with all the parties as it has always done. “We know that there are many new members of Parliament and we will work to inform them on the issues that are important to more than 2.5 million French speakers in nine provinces and three territories,” promises FCFA’s President.

The FCFA thanks Michael Ignatieff and Gilles Duceppe as well as outgoing members of Parliament for their support for our communities’ issues and wishes them the best of luck in their future plans.

The FCFA is a national organization that includes Francophone representative associations of nine provinces and the three territories, as well as ten national organizations. Its role is to defend and promote the rights and interests of the French-Speaking population outside Quebec.


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For information:
Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne du Canada (FCFA)
Place de la francophonie
450, rue Rideau, bureau 300

Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 5Z4
CA

Tel. : (613) 241-7600
Fax: (613) 241-6046
E-mail : info@fcfa.ca
Web : www.fcfa.ca

Contact : Serge Quinty
Email : s.quinty@fcfa.ca

FCFA calling on citizens to vote in large numbers on Monday - A Fundamental Right, a Civic Duty, a Collective Decision on the Future of our Country

On the eve of the May 2 election, the Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne (FCFA) du Canada, representing 2.5 million French-speaking Canadians living outside Quebec, is urging citizens to go vote and will spend the remaining days until then broadcasting this message as widely as possible in both official languages.

“There are so many countries where people are struggling for democracy and for the simple right to vote,” says FCFA President Marie-France Kenny. “Out of solidarity for those people, I’m calling on all the citizens of Canada: next Monday, go out and vote.”  

For the FCFA, voting is not only a fundamental right but also a civic duty. “What is at stake is the future of our country and the direction our society will take. This is a decision that belongs to all of us – women and men, seniors, youth, Francophones, Anglophones, ethnocultural communities and First Nations,” Ms. Kenny explains.

The FCFA is also encouraging all citizens to request service in the official language of their choice at the voting office. All voting offices must offer services in both official languages to voters and according to Election Canada, more than 90 percent of these offices have the ability to do so. When it’s not the case, the service can be offered by telephone. “One way or the other, the service must be offered in both official languages and there’s no reason not to demand it,” Ms. Kenny points out.

The FCFA has made available a wide variety of information for citizens on the five main parties’ positions on the issues of official languages and support for French-speaking minority communities. This information can be found on the Fédération’s website at www.fcfa.ca in the Élections 2011 section.

The FCFA is a national organization that includes Francophone representative associations of nine provinces and the three territories, as well as ten national organizations. Its role is to defend and promote the rights and interests of the French-Speaking population outside Quebec.


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Serge Quinty, Communications Director
FCFA du Canada
Tel. : (613) 241-7600
Cell. : (613) 286-4820