2006

Graham Fraser is appointed as the sixth Commissioner of Official Languages

Commissioner Fraser emphasizes linguistic duality as a Canadian value and bilingualism as a leadership skill in the federal public service.

The longest serving Commissioner of Official Languages was appointed in October 2006 and served until December 2016.

Commissioner Fraser’s office handled such high-profile language issues as the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Official Languages Act, created the Award of Excellence – Promotion of Linguistic Duality and tabled the Special Report to Parliament on Air Canada.

He was involved in many court cases and appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada as a co-appellant in the DesRochers case, which resulted in the Court’s broadening the interpretation of Part IV of the Official Languages Act and recognizing the public’s right to receive service of equal quality in both official languages.