Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was shocked to read statistics on the decline of French in the country published earlier this week.
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According to Statistics Canada’s 2021 census on official languages published Wednesday, all indicators on the weight of French have declined since 2016 in Quebec and elsewhere in Canada.
“Yes, although it is surprising to see the statistics, it is not really surprising, Mr. Trudeau commented at a press conference in the Magdalen Islands. We have seen for many years that there are challenges in terms of French, the decline of French in Quebec and not only in Canada.
In this regard, the Prime Minister recalled the commitment made in his recent Speech from the Throne, specifically recognizing the federal government’s responsibility to modernize the Official Languages Act and protect French throughout the country, including French in Quebec. ”.
“The federal government has never made a commitment at this level before,” he said. But we understand that it will take more collective and more focused steps and actions.”
Justin Trudeau said he was already working with the Quebec government to protect the French language “here, on the territory” as well as for French-speaking minority communities across the country.
The federal Liberal government wants to be a partner and a leader, Mr. Trudeau said in front of journalists at the port of Cap-aux-Meilles, announcing the investment.
“Whether it’s at the immigration level, whether it’s at the institutional level, whether it’s at the level of French-speaking communities in the country or just to ensure the protection of the French language in the country, we do.”