Research Funding for Linguistic MinoritiesPublished on 17 November 2016 Hansard and Statements by Senator Joan Fraser
Hon. Joan Fraser:
Thank you, Your Honour. My question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. My question has to do with federal funding on research for language minorities.
On Monday, the Official Languages Committee heard an interesting presentation from Professor Lorraine O’Donnell, who is the only full-time person employed by the Quebec English- Speaking Communities Research Network.
That institute, which has, in addition to Professor O’Donnell, one part-time coordinator, is the only university-based unit devoted to research on Quebec’s English-speaking communities.
Its funding from Canadian Heritage in the last package was a two-year grant of $190,000, which is not much money.
Professor O’Donnell mentioned that there are over 20 similar educational networking and research organizations serving francophone official language minority communities across Canada, and that at least one of these has more than a dozen staff members.
Twenty to one is an interesting ratio when one recalls that there are about as many English-speaking Quebecers as there are French-speaking Canadians outside Quebec.
So my question to the government is: Will you please provide for the Senate the amount of funding that Canadian Heritage provides for these more than 20 research institutes outside Quebec?
While you are at it, institutes of this nature also get project funding, sometimes from Canadian Heritage, sometimes from other departments. It may take longer to get the answer to this question, so two answers would be fine, first to my first question and then to my supplementary, but it would be very interesting to know what projects have been funded over the past three years in the various research institutions to which I have referred.
While I’m on my feet, let me thank the Leader of the Government in the Senate for his continuing dedication to obtaining answers to questions put by senators. The answers are not always as useful as one might wish, but that’s not his fault. It’s a phenomenon of government.