Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

April 22, 2009 18:00 ET

Statement by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on the Occasion of the Presentation of the First Award...

...of Excellence - Promotion of Linguistic Duality

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 22, 2009) - An exceptional woman of letters, Linda Leith has worked for decades to remove language barriers and promote the wealth of Canada's linguistic duality. Ms. Leith-renowned author and translator, founder and president of the Blue Metropolis Foundation, and artistic director of the Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival-today becomes the first recipient of the Award of Excellence - Promotion of Linguistic Duality. As Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, I am pleased to congratulate her on this well-deserved honour.

Our Government recognizes the importance of linguistic duality as a Canadian characteristic and value worth preserving for future generations. We are taking actions to ensure its growth and development, particularly through our Roadmap for Canada's Linguistic Duality. The Roadmap, a government-wide commitment with a budget of $1.1 billion over five years, aims to ensure that all Canadians can benefit from the presence and vitality of our two official languages.

Our linguistic duality is an undeniable economic, social, cultural, and political advantage. It allows Canada to occupy a special place among knowledge-based economies. All Canadians can be proud to live in a country with two world-class official languages.

On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, I offer sincere thanks to Linda Leith for the work she has done to bring together Anglophones and Francophones from all regions of the country through literary expression. I would also like to commend the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages and Commissioner Graham Fraser, who launched this highly relevant award in the year in which we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Official Languages Act-a true milestone for our society.

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  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
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    Deirdra McCracken
    Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    deirdra.mccracken@pch.gc.ca