Tuesday, June 13, 2006

En français, s'il vous plait

cross-posted to Gerard's OC

It's not a big name, but hopefully this will help dispel some of the "won't play in Quebec" and "has weak French" talk:



A STATEMENT FROM THE HON. MADELEINE MAEILLEUR, MPP OTTAWA VANIER
June
13, 2006

TORONTO - It is with great pleasure that I officially announce today my support for the candidacy of Mr. Gerard Kennedy for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada. Over the past years, we have had the opportunity to work together to improve the French language education system in Ontario, both at the policy and financing levels. We put in place a new Policy on French Language Development to strengthen French-language education in the province, thereby giving young people fuller access to French language and culture, allowing them to realize their full potential at school and in society and helping to enhance the vitality of the Franco-Ontarian community.

The improvement in the results of Francophone students in reading, writing and math is tangible proof of Mr. Kennedy's commitment to Franco-Ontarian youth.

Gerard Kennedy is a great defender of the rights of minorities. He has an extraordinary capacity to rally people around a cause and to focus everyone's energies on the goal of improving service to citizens.

I am certain that Mr. Kennedy will continue his efforts to protect and promote French language and culture in Canada. His visionary qualities and personal courage have guided him in his decisions, for the well-being of all Ontarians. He is an exceptional leader who is strongly committed to improving
people's quality of life. That is why I am backing Mr. Kennedy for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada.

9 Comments:

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    By Blogger Antonio, at 11:59 PM  

  • and this would dispell the weak in Quebec argument because...?

    By Blogger Aristo, at 10:48 AM  

  • In 1993 Kim Campbell swept Quebec in the Tory leadership race. Charest watched while most of the cabinet lined up behind her because she was "good for Quebec." Just a random anecdote with no applicability to anything.

    By Blogger Paul, at 11:45 AM  

  • The French in the news release is fine. Either Antonio's pulling your leg, or somebody cleaned it up.

    By Blogger Paul, at 11:47 AM  

  • This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    By Blogger Antonio, at 12:34 PM  

  • I am sorry

    I was pulling your leg dude...a little jab for putting the English version of the Press Release about Gerard's Francophone supporters.

    As for the Blog du Gerard, I'll let some people draw their own conclusions.

    The French is very well written. I would like to point that out before people take to accusing me of smearing, which has already happened 3 times this morning.

    FUN!

    By Blogger Antonio, at 12:39 PM  

  • aristo; Just because someone doesn't speak perfect French, doesn't mean they won't do good things for the French language.

    On the same vein, strong caucus support from Western Canada and a track record of doing things for Westerners would be a good sign for an Eastern candidate.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 1:34 PM  

  • Calgary Grit:

    Not sure if you know this, but Franco-Ontario is in Ontario and not Quebec.

    Hopefully Gerard can get some endorsements from Cranbrook to show his strength in Alberta.

    By Blogger Peter Loewen, at 3:02 PM  

  • Quite helpful information, thanks for your article.

    By Anonymous Билеты Формула 1 Валенсия, at 2:47 AM  

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