"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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September 29, 2014

Dear readers,

We should expect a busy fall session.  As you know, an important milestone was reached during the last session, as Bill S-205 was referred to the Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages for study.

The Committee should begin its study of the Bill soon.  I expect a serious debate and hope that my colleagues and the government will demonstrate a sense of openness and understanding.  I believe more than ever that we must modernize part IV of the Official Languages Act, to ensure that it correctly reflects the new image of Canada.

As a member of the Senate Standing Commmittees on Social Affairs and National Finance, I also continue to study the Bills brought forth by the government and other members of Parliament.

As usual, I will keep you informed of all new developments via my website. I would also like to hear your thoughts.  What issues do you find most important this Fall?

Maria Chaput, senator