01/13/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/13/2020 16:25
Statement from the Minister of Francophone Affairs on the Appointment of a New French Language Services Commissioner
TORONTO - Today, Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Francophone Affairs, issued the following statement:
'As Minister of Francophone Affairs, I am happy to learn today, from the Ombudsman Paul Dubé, that Ms. Kelly Burke has been appointed as Ontario's new French Language Services Commissioner.
Ms. Burke is a seasoned lawyer and has an in-depth understanding of the rights, obligations and responsibilities regarding the French Language Services Act. Her experience within the Ministry of Francophone Affairs gave her the opportunity to know the challenges and aspirations of the Franco-Ontarian community well.
This decision is very good news for all Franco-Ontarians and all those who cherish the protection of access to services in French.
The new Commissioner will be truly independent from government and from all stakeholders, and impartial in her work. It's a chance to conduct thorough investigations of public complaints regarding French services in Ontario.
We are looking forward to having a fruitful collaboration with Commissioner Kelly Burke to defend the rights to Francophone services, while respecting the independence of her office.'