Minority Language Child CarePublished on 14 June 2017 Hansard and Statements by Senator Claudette Tardif (retired)
Hon. Claudette Tardif:
Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Last Monday we learned that the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development plans to invest $7.5 billion over 11 years in child care. We are told that this involves a historic agreement that will lay the groundwork for a national child care network. However, during the announcement, there was absolutely no mention of the desperate need for French-language child care in Canada’s francophone minority communities. Those gaps have already been highlighted in a report from the Commissioner of Official Languages in 2016 as well as the report of the Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages that was just adopted in this chamber.
Leader, is Minister Duclos planning any specific measures to ensure that official language minority communities are not overlooked in his national early learning and childcare framework?