The Ontario Ombudsman cannot fully defend the interests of the province’s Francophones

Ottawa, November 27, 2018 – The Ontario Ombudsman, Paul Dubé, has confirmed the concerns of the Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) regarding the elimination of the Office of the French Language Services Commissioner. In a report broadcast yesterday on radio-canada.ca, Dubé acknowledged that he cannot act as an advocate for Ontario’s Francophones within the government apparatus. “The role …

AFO is astonished…but open to dialogue

Ottawa, November 23rd, 2018 – L’Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) is astonished by the proposal made today by the Government of Ontario. AFO has received a clear mandate from the Franco-Ontarian community: complete restoration of the Office of the French Language Services Commissioner and of the Université de l’Ontario français. Nothing less. AFO would like to thank Minister …

The Government of Ontario must reverse its decision

Ottawa, November 22, 2018 – The Government of Ontario must reinstate the French Language Services Commission and support the Université de l’Ontario français, Ontario’s French language university. That is the message sent out by the Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) in response to announcements made by Premier Doug Ford in the provincial government’s Economic Statement. The Assemblée reminds …

A Major Setback and a Bitter Disappointment for Ontario’s Francophone Community

Toronto, November 16, 2018 – The Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) considers the content of the Government of Ontario’s Economic and Fiscal Review to be unacceptable due to the particularly negative impact it will have on the Franco-Ontarian community. The AFO was ready to accept that the Franco-Ontarian community should carry its fair share of efforts to achieve …

Declaration by Carol Jolin following the election in New-Brunswick

Ottawa, September 27, 2018 – “The Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario wishes to express solidarity with its Acadian brothers and sisters following the recent electoral campaign in New Brunswick. Fifty years after the adoption of the Official Languages Act, we remind the decision-makers of Canada’s only officially bilingual province that bilingualism is a central value for Canada and New-Brunswick. …

Carol Jolin’s statement on the federal cabinet shuffle

Ottawa, July 18, 2018 – “The Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) would like to congratulate The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez on becoming the new Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, and The Honourable Mélanie Joly on becoming the new Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie. The AFO is pleased that there is now a minister in charge …

Actions speak louder than words: why the recommendations of the French Language Services Commissioner need to be implemented

Ottawa, July 18, 2018 – The Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) agrees with the recommendations proposed in the French Language Services Commissioner’s annual report Looking Ahead, Getting Ready. The report warns that the proportion of francophones in the province will continue to decrease over the next few years if the status quo does not change. The AFO fully …

The Speech from the Throne: No mention of Franco-Ontarian projects

Toronto, July 12, 2018 – The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Her Honour the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, delivered the Speech from the Throne this afternoon at Queen’s Park. The Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) is deeply disappointed that the new government did not mention any Franco-Ontarian projects during the speech, especially since the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario made …

Doug Ford’s new cabinet: The AFO is happy about Caroline Mulroney’s nomination but worried about her Ministry

Ottawa, June 29, 2018 – The Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) welcomes The Honourable Caroline Mulroney’s nomination to the position of Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs. The AFO would also like to congratulate the other 20 Ministers who were nominated and sworn in to the Executive Council of Ontario today. Francophone Affairs plays an important role in the …

Carol Jolin’s statement on Ontario’s 42nd general election

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 …