Ottawa, June 7, 2018 – “On behalf of the Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) and the 622 340 francophones it represents, I would like to congratulate Ontario‘s Premier-elect Doug Ford and the other 123 newly elected MPs. I wish to remind the government that 1.5 million Ontarians, more than 10% of the population, speak French and that the French language plays an important role in Ontario.
“The AFO expects to continue our work on the Université de l’Ontario francais, francophone immigration and the modernization of the French Language Services Act. We will be organizing a meeting with the Premier-elect to develop a work plan that will enable francophones to fulfill the goals they set for themselves in Vision 2025: A Strategic Plan for Ontario’s Francophone Community.
“The AFO would also like to congratulate Kathleen Wynne, Andrea Horwath and Mike Schreiner on their electoral campaigns and thank all candidates who ran in this electoral campaign.
“We are happy to note that many Franco-Ontarians and francophiles have become members of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. I invite the three parties to work together to help support and develop Ontario’s Francophonie.
“Finally, we would like to thank outgoing Premier Kathleen Wynne and her government for all the work they have done on behalf of Ontario’s francophone community over the last 15 years. Furthermore, I would also like to thank Marie-France Lalonde for the numerous projects that were advanced under her leadership as Minister of Francophone Affairs,” said Carol Jolin, the President of the AFO.