"Canada has made much progress since the Official Languages Act was passed in 1969. It is time to take stock of the current state of this fundamental law, to reflect on future challenges, and to take the action required to ensure, among other things, respect for English and French as official languages, their equality of status and the equal rights and privileges as to their use in federal institutions." - Senator Maria Chaput 

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January 28, 2015


Dear readers,

Bill S-205 made great strides in 2014, having been referred to the Senate Standing Committee on Official Languages for study.

This study will continue during the course of the current parliamentary session.  As 2015 is an electoral year, it is very important that the study of Bill S-205 be completed before the summer break. 

It is clear, following the testimonies that we have heard so far, that it is high time to modernize Part IV of the Official Languages Act, so that federal services in both official languages reflect the needs of Canadians.  I count on the collaboration of all my colleagues in the Senate in order to have this Bill adopted before Fall.

I would like to thank you for your continued interest in my parliamentary activities.  As usual, I will keep you informed of all my activities through my web site. 

Sincerely,

Maria Chaput, Senator

(Manitoba)