Speeches

The Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada is an agent of Parliament whose duty is to promote Canada’s official languages and protect the language rights of Canadians. A critical component of the Commissioner’s job is to report to parliamentary committees in both the House of Commons and the Senate of Canada. The Commissioner of Official Languages also travels from coast to coast, participating in panel discussions, meeting key partners and delivering speeches on official languages to young Canadians, researchers, public service employees and community leaders. You will find many of his speeches here.

2018

Speech for the 23rd Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie

Thursday, July 05, 2018

I’m delighted to be here today for the 23rd edition of the Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie. For those of you who don’t know me, I’ve spent my life studying and defending linguistic duality. The issues surrounding linguistic duality resonate to my core. For me, it’s not only a...


Notes for an address at the 39th Annual Conference of the l’Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario

Friday, June 22, 2018

I am delighted to be back in Moncton for the 39th annual conference of the Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario (AJEFO) and to be speaking to you this morning.


Statement to the media for the release of the 2017–2018 annual report

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

It is with a strong sense of duty that I address you this morning. As you know, today I released my 2017–2018 annual report.


Notes for an address to the Group of Heads of Francophone Diplomatic Missions

Friday, April 27, 2018

French philosopher Blaise Pascal once said, “Eloquence is a painting of thoughts.” I’ll now try to paint an honest picture of my background and give you a clear vision of my mandate as Commissioner of Official Languages.


Notes for an address to the Canadian Forces College: The importance of bilingualism in the Canadian Armed Forces

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Thank you for inviting me to speak about the importance of bilingualism in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).


Speech for the Dialogue Canada Annual General Meeting

Monday, March 26, 2018

First, thank you for this invitation. I feel privileged to have been appointed Commissioner of Official Languages and to be with you today to start our discussion. I know that it will give me food for thought throughout my mandate.


Speech for the 12th annual Journée de réflexion sur l’immigration francophone “Regards vers l’avenir : soutenir une francophonie plurielle et inclusive” Panel

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

First, I would like to thank you for inviting me to participate in the “Regards vers l’avenir : soutenir une francophonie plurielle et inclusive” panel [“Looking ahead: supporting a diverse and inclusive Francophonie”]. I look forward to taking part in the discussions. I am sure they will lead to...


Notes for an address during the day of reflection on Canadian Francophonie: History and migration

Thursday, March 01, 2018

First, I would like to thank you for inviting me. As you know, I have just started my mandate, and I am honoured to have been appointed Commissioner of Official Languages. I am pleased to be with you today to continue the discussion on immigration, a crucial issue for our official language minority...


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