Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
May 30, 2018

The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation:

Minister Recognizes Provincial Francophonie Day

Mr. Speaker, I rise in this Honourable House to recognize today as Provincial Francophonie Day.

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has celebrated this occasion since 1999.

This morning, I was pleased to participate in an event organized by the Francophone Federation of Newfoundland and Labrador here at Confederation Building. I was honoured to join students from École des Grand-Vents, École Rocher-du-Nord and community members. Similar events are taking place elsewhere today, such as Port-au-Port and Labrador.

Mr. Speaker, I have been working closely with the Office of French Services and the Francophone Federation as we identify ways for government to better serve the needs of our Francophone communities.

In December, the Provincial Government renewed an agreement on the Francophonie with Quebec, which will build on the fruitful partnerships forged between both governments and Francophone communities.

Mr. Speaker, in March I travelled to Cape St. George with the local MHA, where we attended a public speaking competition with children from École Notre-Dame-du -Cap. It was truly a wonderful sight to see these children speaking French with such pride and confidence. This is a sign of a bright future, Mr. Speaker.

Today, I ask all Honourable members to join me in congratulating the Francophone and Acadian community of Newfoundland and Labrador on this, Provincial Francophonie Day.

Thank you.

Le ministre souligne la Journée de la francophonie provinciale

2018 05 30                              2:30 p.m.