Bernard Lord and the Bilingualism Policy Review
Today in Moncton, Stephen Harper appointed former New Brunswick Premier Bernard Lord to head a policy review on the Canadian government's official languages policies. It has been almost five years since the last major policy review produced a 5-year plan entitled The Next Act. Launched by Stephane Dion, it committed the government to a major reinvestment in official languages in order to increase services to official language minorities, and to promote bilingualism among the general Canadian youth population.
Something became clear to me when I read this announcement. On Friday morning, I received an invitation from the Minister of Canadian Heritage to a policy forum on official languages to be held in Toronto this coming Friday. I was wondering why I received such a late invitation to a major policy review - one that required some juggling of my fall exams and meetings. But it would seem that I'm going to get to talk language policy with Bernard Lord, which should prove to be very informative indeed.Recommend this Post