1991

Victor Goldbloom is appointed as the fourth Commissioner of Official Languages

An English-speaking Quebecer and therefore from a minority community himself, Commissioner Goldbloom seeks to encourage positive relationships between the two official language communities and becomes involved in all aspects of minority community development.

He advocated setting up community centres in official language minority communities and focused on the delivery of social, health and educational services.

He was particularly concerned with education rights and closely monitored the issue of school governance.

However, he was in office during fiscally difficult times, when the lamentable state of public finances forced the government to make unprecedented cuts that would have a negative impact on support for community development. He would therefore have to apply pressure on the government to remind it of the commitments it made in the 1988 Official Languages Act.