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 Franco-Ontarian community by advocating for and improving access to government services in French.
“We thank the Premier of Ontario for this excellent recommendation. We have already met Caroline Mulroney on two occasions, and these honest and engaging conversations have made it clear that she is cares deeply about Ontario’s Francophonie. We are happy that she will be playing a key role in the new government and we look forward to pursuing our Strategic Plan for Ontario’s Francophone Community: “Vision 2025 – Building Our Future Together”.
“The Franco-Ontarian community spent many years advocating for the creation of an independent Ministry of Francophone Affairs. We will be discussing this issue with Caroline Mulroney and we will do everything in our power to make sure Francophone Affairs becomes an autonomous ministry once again. The AFO sees this as a step backwards that could threaten economic rapprochement with member countries of the International Organisation of La Francophonie, of which Ontario is an observer state. We will also continue to raise the provincial government’s awareness of francophone issues,” said Carol Jolin, the President of the AFO.
The AFO will be requesting a meeting with the new Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs in order to establish a dialogue on current issues and discuss the setback that was announced today.
The AFO will also be organizing meetings with other Ministers who could have an impact on the prosperity of French in Ontario.