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 specific promises during the electoral campaign concerning the Université de l’Ontario français, the overhaul of the French Language Services Act and investments in French-language health care.

“This speech, which was delivered entirely in English, is the government’s way of saying that it still needs to be made aware of and advised about the issues that affect our community. Ontario’s 622 340 francophones have high expectations. The AFO will be meeting with the ministers that are involved in these key projects as soon as possible in order to make sure that work goes ahead,” said Carol Jolin, the president of the AFO.

The government announced that it will be prioritizing economic development in Ontario. The AFO, along with its partners, will be consulting the Franco-Ontarian business community to make sure that it is well informed on this topic.

“Ontario recently became an observer state of the International Organization of La Francophonie. We need to seize the international trade opportunities that might arise, and we can’t do that without the Ontario Government’s support. Doing business with francophone countries will help Canada become less economically dependant on the United States. Making changes won’t be easy — the Ontario Government and Franco-Ontarians need to work together,” Jolin added.