Minister responsible for Official Languages (Canada)


Minister responsible for Official Languages (Canada)

The Minister responsible for Official Languages is the Minister of the Crown in the Canadian Cabinet who is entrusted with the enforcement of the Official Languages Act, ensuring that government services are available in both English and French, protecting minority language rights, particularly in the area of education, and promoting bilingualism throughout Canada.

The current Minister responsible for Official Languages is James Moore in Stephen Harper's Cabinet. Moore has held that role since 2008-06-25 (first as Secretary of State and, as of 2008-10-30, as Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages).[1] Previous Ministers have been Josée Verner‎ and Mauril Bélanger.

In 2003 the first Minister responsible for Official Languages was sworn in, on the creation of the "Official Languages Branch of Intergovernmental Affairs" within the Privy Council Office.[2] In 2006, responsibility was shifted from the Privy Council Office to the Department of Canadian Heritage, and the branch was renamed the "Official Languages Secretariat".[3]

As minister responsible for official languages, Moore's portfolio includes the Official Languages Support Programs Branch (which supports the Minister in implementing Part VII of the Official Languages Act) and the Official Languages Secretariat (which coordinates the Government of Canada's activities in official languages).[4]

Sections 42 and 43 of the Official Languages Act give the Minister of Canadian Heritage the specific responsibility of taking measures to advance the equality of status and use of English and French in Canadian society; under section 44 of that Act, the Minister must submit annual reports to Parliament on the matters relating to official languages for which the Minister is responsible.[5][6]

See also

External links

References



Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Timeline of official languages policy in Canada — Because the country contains two major language groups, in Canada Official languages policy has always been an important and high profile area of public policy. In an exhaustive 1971 study of Canadian language law prepared for the Royal… …   Wikipedia

  • Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages — The Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages, an office of the Canadian government, is responsible for achieving the objectives of, and promoting, Canada s Official Languages Act. The 1988 Official Languages Act mandates this office and… …   Wikipedia

  • Minister of Canadian Heritage — Ministry Federal …   Wikipedia

  • Official Opposition Shadow Cabinet of the 39th Parliament of Canada — Canada This article is part of the series: Politics and government of Canada   …   Wikipedia

  • cañada — /keuhn yah deuh, yad euh/, n. Chiefly Western U.S. 1. a dry riverbed. 2. a small, deep canyon. [1840 50; < Sp, equiv. to cañ(a) CANE + ada n. suffix] * * * Canada Introduction Canada Background: A land of vast distances and rich natural resources …   Universalium

  • Canada — /kan euh deuh/, n. a nation in N North America: a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. 29,123,194; 3,690,410 sq. mi. (9,558,160 sq. km). Cap.: Ottawa. * * * Canada Introduction Canada Background: A land of vast distances and rich natural… …   Universalium

  • Canada — This article is about the country. For other uses, see Canada (disambiguation). Canada …   Wikipedia

  • Official bilingualism in Canada — Culture of Canada This article is part of a series History Canadians Canadian identity …   Wikipedia

  • Official bilingualism in the public service of Canada — Because Canada has, for over two centuries, contained both English and French speakers, the question of the language used in the administration of public affairs has always been a sensitive issue. Among the aspect of this issue that have excited… …   Wikipedia

  • Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women — The Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women ( fr. Ministre du Patrimoine canadien) is the Minister of the Crown in the Canadian Cabinet who heads the Department of Canadian Heritage, the federal government department responsible for… …   Wikipedia