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Secession and the Virtues of Clarity

Posted on July 24, 2014 | No Comments

Dear all,

In legal terms, the 1998 Supreme Court opinion regarding the secession of Quebec only applies to Canada. However, it is universal in scope and could help many nations fairly and peacefully resolve some highly sensitive situations resulting from secessionist pressures. That is the point I make in this text, which was published by the Ottawa Law Review in both official languages. While a version will soon be posted on the Review’s website (http://www.rdo-olr.uottawa.ca/), you can find a PDF version of it here: RDO-OLR – Secession and the vertus of clarity (Sent 21072014).

As always, please send along any comments you might have!

Stéphane Dion

Conservative Government Forces Cuts on CBC/Radio-Canada

Posted on June 26, 2014 | No Comments

MONTREAL – Liberal Critic for Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Stéphane Dion, today issued the following statement on the additional cuts announced today by CBC/Radio-Canada:

“The cuts announced today by CBC/Radio-Canada are a direct result of the Conservative government’s reckless slashing of our national broadcaster’s operating budget, after the former Minister of Heritage James Moore promised to ‘maintain or increase support for the CBC.’”

Since 2012, the government has reduced CBC/Radio-Canada funding by over $115 million, on an ongoing basis.

This has forced the CBC/Radio-Canada to make very difficult decisions going forward, including today’s announcement of major staff cuts, the chopping of in-house program production, and shortened evening news broadcasts.

These cuts are ideologically driven, pure and simple, and underscore Mr. Harper’s lack of interest as to the need and value of this crucial Canadian institution.

The Liberal Party of Canada strongly believes in the need for a public broadcaster. CBC/Radio-Canada is a key Canadian institution and as it evolves, must have support from the federal government.

The Liberal Party of Canada will continue to advocate that the government reverse their reckless cuts and commit to providing the CBC/Radio-Canada with stable, predictable and adequate funding going forward.”

Question Period: Official Languages (19 June 2014, House of Commons, Parliament of Canada, Ottawa)

Posted on June 20, 2014 | No Comments

Dear all

During Question Period of June 19, 2014, I challenged Canadian Heritage Minister Shelly Glover regarding the Conservative government’s inability to deliver the government programmes intended for official languages communities. As always, you will find my question, as well as the Minister’s response, below.

I look forward to reading your comments!

Stéphane Dion

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Hon. Stéphane Dion (Saint-Laurent—Cartierville, Lib.):

Mr. Speaker, the so-called roadmap for official languages is a sham. No new money has been allocated to this plan. The government even cut $120 million from assistance to communities.

Nevertheless, the government could at least deliver the existing programs. Complaints are coming in from all over. Literacy, training and social partnerships are all stalled, and communities cannot wait any longer.

What is the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages doing? It is her responsibility to wake this government up and get it moving.

Hon. Shelly Glover (Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, CPC):

Mr. Speaker, I said the same thing yesterday. I will say it again so the member understands.

The road map for official languages is the most complete fund that we have ever had in our country. It is $1.1 billion. This is a fund that will provide to our official language communities in a way that has never been done before, including under that member’s government.

We continue to push forward with getting these funds out of the door. My colleagues are doing everything in their power to do so, because they care about these communities.

I would ask the member to please assist us in ensuring that if he has information regarding some funds that are lapsing, then let us know.

Question Period: Delays in Preparations for the 150th Anniversary of the Confederation (18 June 2014, House of Commons, Parliament of Canada, Ottawa)

Posted on June 19, 2014 | No Comments

Dear Readers, On June 18, 2014, during Question Period, I expressed my concern over the puzzling delay in preparing the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of […]

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Question Period: Respecting the SCC’s Ruling (17th June 2014, House of Commons, Parliament of Canada, Ottawa)

Posted on June 19, 2014 | No Comments

Dear all, On June 17, 2014, my colleague Sean Casey, MP for Charlottetown, and I asked Justice Minister Peter McKay to commit to abiding by the […]

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Complementary report by the Liberal Party of Canada, Study of the Canadian Music Industry by the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage

Posted on June 13, 2014 | No Comments

Dear all, On November 1, 2013, as the Liberal spokesperson for Canadian Heritage, I had called for the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage to […]

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Question Period: Conservatives and the Economy (9th and 10th June 2014, House of Commons, Parliament of Canada, Ottawa)

Posted on June 12, 2014 | No Comments

Dear Readers, On June 9 and 10, 2014, my colleague Ralph Goodale and I challenged the government regarding the mediocre performance of the Canadian economy under […]

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Juan Carlos of Spain: a Hero of Democracy

Posted on June 11, 2014 | No Comments

Dear all, Please find an article in which I highlight the important contributions made by King Juan Carlos of Spain towards the advancement of global democracy […]

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Question Period: SCC Nomination and Breach of Confidentiality (June 5th 2014, House of Commons, Parliament of Canada, Ottawa)

Posted on June 6, 2014 | No Comments

Dear all, On June 5, 2014, I asked a question regarding the leaks committed by Conservatives during the selection process that led to the failed appointment […]

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Remembering D-Day and the Battle of Normandy

Posted on June 6, 2014 | No Comments

70 years ago, the Allied Forces made great sacrifices. With much respect and gratitude do we commemorate D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.  Never should we […]

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