Official Languages – May 12, 2014

In Committee from the Senate of Canada

Official Languages – May 12, 2014

Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander discusses the impacts of recent changes to the immigration system on official language minority communities. Mr. Alexander declares that through the government’s reforms and programs, the Citizenship and Immigration department intends to strengthen the quality and skills of both official languages through the immigration program. Corinne Prince-St-Amand of Citizenship and Immigration Canada also responds to questions from the senators.

During the second part of the committee Gilles LeVasseur, a professor at the University of Ottawa, testifies before the committee. Mr. LeVasseur explains the need for clear policies from the government, a means of selecting immigrants and a desire to protect and promote Canadian linguistic duality. (May 12, 2014)