June 5, 2023

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Francophones in the Supreme Court: Misunderstanding and stupidity in society

Francophones in the Supreme Court: Misunderstanding and stupidity in society

The Government of Canada just Introduce a bill to reform the law Lilly Christ, president of the Federation des Francophones de la Colombia-Britannic, assured that meetings on official languages ​​and with Minister Ginet Petitpass Taylor were well received.

“Does the right hand speak with the left hand?” I also asked myself the question.She was outraged and frustrated by Ottawa’s decision.

She emphasized this challenge The historic decision was made in January The Federation des Francophones de la Colombia-Britannic and Employment and Social Development Canada is further slowing the community’s efforts to improve French-language services in the province through a federal court of appeal.

This means that for almost two years or more – we do not know how long this process will take – we will not have the opportunity to engage in this work to restore what has been taken from us.Her points.

Adrian Dix, the provincial minister in charge of Francophone affairs, said he was unaware of Ottawa’s decision.

He said the decision would have to be studied, but that work in British Columbia would continue, growing in French youth.

We will continue to work hard with the Francophone communities to improve things here.He says.

The decision to defend the French well

However, the Federal Court of Appeal’s decision restored its powers to Part VII of the Official Languages ​​Act, Official Languages ​​Commissioner Raymond Theberg said in a press release Thursday.

Thursday, daily Is good It said it had received a document indicating that the federal government had asked its attorneys to submit an application for permission to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada by March 29 to challenge the decision of the Federal Court of Appeals.

The decision recognizes that the federal government did not encourage the development of the Francophone minorities in British Columbia. This business started almost ten years ago The Province’s Francophones lost their employment assistance services in French.

In the current context of the preservation of the linguistic rights of Canadians and the mobilization of the official language minority communities, the decision to bring this decision before the highest legal authority in the country is contrary to me. Efforts made by the federal government so far.

A quote from Raymond Theberg, Commissioner of Official Languages ​​of Canada

The commissioner said he intends to oppose the stay application face to face with yours, but first thoroughly analyze the attitude of the government.

That means a turn Shame

Language Lawyer Mark Power also expressed surprise at Ottawa’s decision and the absurdity of introducing Bill C – 13, which proposes a reform of the Official Languages ​​Act, an appeal to protect the French when the government challenges the court’s decision.

This is unfortunate, because on the one hand, the gain achieved in the Federal Court of Appeal is significant [et] The beginning of a new era in federal and regional agreementsHe explains.

It is a matter of concern and of concern to Francophones and Acadians not only in British Columbia but throughout Canada.

A quote from Mark Power for me, Language Law Lawyer
Lawyer Mark Power was interviewed at the Vancouver studio.

Lawyer Mark Power considered the decision taken by Ottawa very surprising.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Alex Lamik

For her part, Leon Roy, president of the Federation of Francophone and Accordion Communities (FCFA) in Canada, was shocked.

This is even more intolerable as less than a month has passed since the introduction of Bill C-13, which aims to strengthen and clarify the responsibilities of federal agencies under Part VII.

A quote from Lyon Roy, President, FCFA

She accused the Minister of Employment and Social Development of undermining the work of Janet Petitpass-Taylor, the Minister of Official Languages ​​of Canada, with the aim of making the law more firm.

Challenged by [Emploi et Développement social Canada] A slap in the face to francophones in British Columbia and across the country. The government has to give an explanation to FrancophonyShe finished.

For the president of the Francophones Federation in the province, this turnaround in Ottawa only adds to the importance of not giving up.

We have no choice but to continue our struggle. It’s like we ask ourselves: “Do you want to stop breathing?”. We have no real choice and we really want to protect the interests of all the francophones in this province.Says Lily Christ.

With information from Dominic Lewesk, Amelia Machhor and the Canadian Press