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May 30, 2009 12:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Creation of New French-Language Singing Contest in Manitoba

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - May 30, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Shelly Glover, Parliamentary Secretary for Official Languages and Member of Parliament (Saint Boniface), today announced funding for Canadian Parents for French-Manitoba, which will be used to create a new French-language singing contest in Manitoba.

"By bringing together young Anglophones and Francophones, we encourage exchanges and better dialogue between them. Our Government is proud to support initiatives like these, which further promote and support Canada's official languages," said Minister Moore.

"Canadian Parents for French - Manitoba is demonstrating leadership within the community by creating this contest, which will be held at the College universitaire de Saint-Boniface," said Mrs. Glover.

The Government of Canada has provided $45,000 in funding under the Promotion of Linguistic Duality component of the Enhancement of Official Languages Program. This program of the Department of Canadian Heritage is designed to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the benefits of linguistic duality among Canadians.

Like the Roadmap for Canada's Linguistic Duality 2008-2013: Acting for the Future, announced almost a year ago, funding for this project is yet another example of how the Government of Canada is promoting and protecting our country's linguistic duality and the vitality of minority official-language communities. The Roadmap is an unprecedented government-wide investment of $1.1 billion over five years.

The year 2009 marks the 40th anniversary of the adoption of Canada's first Official Languages Act.

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.)

Contact Information

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    and Official Languages
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    Director of Communications
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    deirdra.mccracken@pch.gc.ca
    or
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