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November 20th 2012

Duality in Education or Assimilation, by Michel A. Carrier, Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick

What at first glance appeared to be a positive news item about bilingualism in New Brunswick Seeking Bilingualism (Telegraph Journal, October 15), turned out to be a dismissal of the most fundamental part of the vitality of the Francophone community in New Brunswick: duality in the school system. Indeed, while reading the article, we learn that a prominent Canadian business leader, Mr. Richard Currie, says it is time New Brunswick did away with separate school and health systems in English and French.

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October 24th 2012

Statement by the Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick regarding the data from the 2011 Census of Population covering Canada's language diversity

It is with great interest that we started reviewing today Statistics Canada’s census results regarding linguistic characteristics of Canadians. The analysis of this data takes time and it is therefore not possible for me to offer any detailed comments at this time. However, here are my initial observations.

The data from Statistics Canada with respect to language in New Brunswick is a source of concern for me. While there has been a slight increase of persons speaking French in the province, the proportion of Francophones in New Brunswick has diminished.

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October 11th 2012

2011-2012 Annual Report

News Release

Commissioner calls on government to improve Official Languages Act

Fredericton, October 11, 2012 – Michel Carrier, the Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick, is calling on the provincial government to improve the Official Languages Act in order to achieve greater progress towards the equality of English and French in New Brunswick. In his 2011-2012 annual report, Carrier again proposes a series of amendments to the Act.

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