October 3, 1996 (35th Parliament, 2nd Session)


Warren Allmand


Hon. Warren Allmand (Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the President of the Treasury Board has just tabled his annual report on the status of the official languages in federal institutions.
I am happy to see that progress has been made at all levels. The number of bilingual employees in the federal public service more than meets the requirements and shows that one out of five public servants has a superior knowledge of his or her second language.
The capacity to serve the public in both official languages has significantly improved. Further to the recommendations made by the Commissioner of Official Languages on language of work in
the national capital, federal institutions took measures which should result in a major improvement.
Program review has not had a negative impact on the level of bilingual services provided to the public, nor on participation rates of anglophones and francophones.
I am happy to note that we are making progress in advancing official languages in federal institutions.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Official Languages
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