The Francophone community is being encouraged to vote at the upcoming February 11th provincial election in Whitby-Oshawa. The provincial government under Premier Kathleen Wynne is attempting to use her influence to get the French-speakers to elect a Liberal replacement for the seat vacated by Christine Elliot in August, 2015. With a Liberal MP at that seat, Oshawa could be pressured to accept designation under the FLSA, despite what was decided by the Oshawa City Council in 2015.
This is unfair pressure being put on the City of Oshawa, despite the fact that this region does not qualify for designation under the criteria set forth in the Act i.e.
The Oshawa City Council passed the following motion:
THAT until such time that the Regional Municipality of Durham receives satisfactory assurances from the relevant Provincial Ministries and agencies that the costs of designation under the F.L.S.A. related to Provincial Services and programs will be covered by the Province of Ontario and until that's delivered Regional Council not support the geographic area of Durham being a designated area under the French Language Services Act; and,
THAT Report #2013-J-24 of the Chief Administrative Officer be forwarded to the Minister responsible for Francophone Affairs, all local MPPs and the eight local municipalities”; and,
Now therefore be it resolved:
We have been told that the number of French-only speakers in the Oshawa area is very small (135). Do the French activists think that this small number justifies the expense spent to provide all services in both languages? This perceived right on the part of the French is becoming a very real injustice to the English-speaking majority by being made the main criteria for jobs, diminishing other more valuable qualification. We have statistics that show very clearly that the younger generation of French-speakers are now well ahead of the non-French. This is social engineering of the worst kind:
The 4% francophones (mother-tongue) in Ontario have more than their share of advantages.
Elizabeth Roy - Liberal
PC - Lorne Coe
NDP - Niki Lundquist
Readers of this message should find out which of the three candidates would go against the wishes of the Oshawa City Council in their motion passed last May. We know that providing French language services (duplicating what is mandated in English) is a very expensive proposition. The province of Ontario spends over $623 Million every year in various grants providing funds for the French pressure groups to force the provision of services in French (please see the attached report by the Fraser Institute). This figure is badly out of date as the study was done in 2006 and since then the demands of the French have grown by leaps & bounds. The 2015 City of Ottawa budget was requested to be translated into French but the exorbitant cost of translating the 300,000 words was $75,000 and this was refused by City Council. This is one of the reasons why the French activists are determined for Ottawa to be declared Officially Bilingual so that the courts can be brought into play.
Fraser Institute - Cost of OB - 2006
Canada’s 10 provinces spend nearly $900 million annually providing bilingual government services. Including the $1.5 billion the federal government spends on bilingualism, Canadian taxpayers are footing an annual bill of $2.4 billion for bilingual services, a cost of $85 per Canadian....
Of the 10 provinces, Ontario and New Brunswick have large linguistic minorities (francophones) while Quebec has a large anglophone minority. Francophone populations in the remaining seven provinces are all quite small.
Ontario spends $623 million annually - the most among all provinces - in providing services in French to its francophone minority. New Brunswick has the second largest budget for minority language services, $85 million, followed by Quebec at $50 million.
With large linguistic minorities and a substantial number of government services provided to these minorities in their native language, these three provinces could reduce the costs for taxpayers by making greater use of the private sector for translations.
Of the remaining provinces, Alberta spends $33 million on bilingual services ($534.70 per francophone), B.C. spends $23 million ($426.90 per francophone), Nova Scotia spends $18 million ($540.10 per francophone), Manitoba spends $16 million ($410.20 per francophone), Saskatchewan spends $9.65 million ($640.50 per francophone), Prince Edward Island spends $5.1 million ($946.20 per francophone), and Newfoundland and Labrador spends $3.4 million ($1780.30 per francophone).
In most provinces, a substantial portion of the money spent on bilingual services comes in the form of providing French-language education.
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