Prince Edward Island, June 27, 2014 – Meeting in Prince Edward Island, the provincial and territorial ministers responsible for the Canadian Francophonie have recognized that intergovernmental cooperation contributes to enhance the offer of services in French and to promoting the French fact for the benefit of the Canadian Francophonie and for all Canadians.
“Intergovernmental cooperation is an important and sometimes essential mechanism in the development of the Francophonie,” said Robert Ghiz, Premier of Prince Edward Island and Minister responsible for Acadian and Francophone Affairs. “The accumulated experience of the provinces and territories with regard to services in French is a valuable resource that should not be neglected. By sharing our best practices and our strategies in various areas, and by consulting valued stakeholders, we increase the opportunities to strengthen the Canadian Francophonie.”
The provincial and territorial ministers discussed the recent budget cuts to the Société Radio-Canada. They expressed their concern about the impact that the cuts will have on the services provided by the public broadcaster, particularly for Francophone and Acadian communities, in terms of accessibility, quantity and quality. Public broadcasting is critical to the continued flourishing of these communities and the French language across Canada. They will be monitoring the situation closely and evaluating impacts as well as measures that could be undertaken by the Conference or its members, including with the CRTC.
The next Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie will be held on June 17‑18, 2015, in Toronto as part of the commemoration of 400 years of French presence in Ontario.
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