April 17, 2012
The McGuinty government is proud to celebrate our Ontarian Francophonie on this International Francophonie Day. As Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, and as representative of the bilingual riding of Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, MPP Grant Crack is proud to celebrate the culture within our vibrant community.
The government is committed to the development of a healthy and prosperous Francophone community through targeted investments in priority sectors like education, health and culture. It also strongly believes in the added value of public services for the citizens of Ontario and French-language services are an essential part of the service delivery system.
For this reason, the government is working to improve access to, and the quality of, provincial government services in French and will continue to explore new ways to promote the French language and culture, at the local, national and international levels.
Our commitment to the Franco-Ontarian community was demonstrated by the creation of the Office of French Language Services Commissioner and the adoption of legislation to establish an independent TFO. As a strong supporter of bilingualism, MPP Grant Crack will continue working towards maintaining the Francophone identity within this province.
"Again this year, Francophones in Ontario, in the rest of Canada, and across the globe, will join together to voice their pride in their cultural and linguistic heritage. […] I believe that intercultural solidarity is a truly unifying factor that enables us to address together the challenges we are experiencing within government and in Ontario society as a whole whose diversity is one of its greatest assets."
-The Honourable Madeleine Meilleur, Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs
"Language is part of culture, culture is part of people and people are the cells of our vibrant communities. Respectful communication will always be key in the success of our relationships and our communities and that is what I will continue to value and uphold."
— Grant Crack, MPP, Glengary-Prescott-Russell