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September 14, 2005 14:56 ET

Canadian Heritage: Government of Canada Supports the Regional Association of West Quebecers

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 14, 2005) - Member of Parliament (Hull-Aylmer) Marcel Proulx, on behalf of Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for Status of Women Liza Frulla, today announced $123,900 in funding for the Regional Association of West Quebecers. These funds will help the organization to undertake projects to improve the vitality and well-being of the English-speaking minority community and to develop new communications tools.

"Supporting organizations that serve linguistic minorities is a priority for the Government of Canada," said Mr. Proulx. "This funding for the Regional Association of West Quebecers is good news for the English-speaking people of Western Quebec, who will continue to have access to a wide range of quality services."

"To thrive, members of minority-language communities must benefit from quality services in their own language," said Minister Frulla. "I am pleased to support this association, which has always done an excellent job of responding to the needs of the English-speaking citizens of Western Quebec."

The Regional Association of West Quebecers intends to develop information activities, as well as communication tools to serve the English-speaking community. The Association also anticipates working more closely in partnership with several of the region's English-language institutions.

Financial assistance is provided by the Department of Canadian Heritage through its Development of Official-Language Communities Program.

Funding announced today was provided for in the February 2005 federal budget.

This news release is available on the Internet at http://www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Minister responsible for Status of Women
    Jean-Francois Del Torchio, Press Secretary
    (819) 997-7788
    or
    Office of Marcel Proulx, M.P.
    Anick Lavigne
    Special Communications Assistant
    (613) 992-7570
    or
    Canadian Heritage, Quebec Region
    Renee Brunet
    Director, Public Affairs and Communications
    (514) 496-8065