The Government of Ontario turns a deaf ear to the Franco-Ontarian community

Ottawa, November 29, 2018 – The Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) is extremely disappointed following its meeting today with Ontario Premier Doug Ford.
In light of the situation that Ontario’s Francophones are currently facing, the AFO met with Premier Doug Ford to discuss his government’s decision to do away with the position of French Language Services Commissioner and the opening of the Université de l’Ontario français in 2020.

“We were hoping that the provincial government had reconsidered its decision. That didn’t happen,” said Carol Jolin, president of the AFO. “Instead, we saw a premier who does not take into account the concerns of Ontario’s Francophone minority, which represents 4.7% of the province’s population, not 3% as he claimed. We will therefore continue our efforts to resist against the injustice we are facing”, concluded Carol Jolin, the AFO’s president.

The watchword is clear. The AFO and the community will continue the fight to ensure that the rights of Franco-Ontarians are respected. At this point, more than 6,000 participants are expected in demonstrations to be held at 40 rallying points throughout the province on Saturday, December 1. Civic mobilization has now become national in scope, as 9 provinces and territories will join in our action on November 30 and December 1 and 2.

Together, we will defend the rights for which our forebears fought so hard. Our rights are the promise of our survival. Nous sommes, nous serons: we are and will remain Franco-Ontarian.