1984

D’Iberville Fortier is appointed as the third Commissioner of Official Languages

Commissioner Fortier believes that official language minority communities need better protection.

In his opinion, Canada’s language policy had to guarantee both linguistic minority communities full and complete recognition. He therefore used the constitutional negotiations under way at the time to demand further guarantees for them.

This was the spirit in which he guided the revision of the Official Languages Act, which set out the federal government’s commitment regarding the development and vitality of official language minority communities.

He also expended great efforts to get people thinking about official languages and to inform Canadians of the merits of federal language policy. He conducted surveys and directed several studies on the status of official language minority communities.