FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ottawa, ON – Today Justin Trudeau and the Liberals announced their Action Plan for Official Languages 2018-2023: Investing in Our Future. Alupa Clarke, Conservative Shadow Minister for Official Languages and La Francophonie issued the following statement regarding the Liberal Action Plan:
“Canada’s Conservatives have always supported the vitality of both official languages across Canada as they contribute to the growth of our society.
“The Liberal Action Plan’s immigration target is set to welcome only 4.4% francophone newcomers outside of Quebec, which does not comply with the set target of 5% agreed upon in 2016 with the provinces and territories. We are disappointed in Justin Trudeau’s refusal to listen and lack of leadership in not making reaching this target a priority. The implementation of the agreed upon target would help ensure the vitality of official language communities who live in a minority situation.
“Official languages stakeholders have had serious concerns regarding funds actually reaching groups they are intended for. Our Conservative caucus has insisted that the Liberals strengthen accountability measures to ensure the support of Canada’s official languages.
“Unfortunately during the announcement, Justin Trudeau shamefully attempted to play politics using official language communities in his inaccurate statements about the Conservative government’s leadership on official languages.
“Our previous Conservative government committed to historical support for official languages through the Roadmap for Canada’s Linguistic Duality 2008–2013 and the Roadmap for Canada’s Official Languages 2013–2018: Education, Immigration, Communities. These greatly surpassed any previous commitment by any other government in Canadian history.”