It was at Laurentian University in Sudbury that the Premier of Ontario chose Monday to launch her four-day provincial tour of various post-secondary institutions. Kathleen Wynne wants to gather student ideas on topics such as the environment, wages, and better health for Ontarians.
At a public meeting at the Aboriginal Sharing and Learning Center, Wynne was asked about programs that are partially offered in French only at bilingual universities such as Laurentian University.
“Can we count on your party to find a campus of the future French University of Ontario to serve Northern Ontario,” asked a student.
“I’m not bilingual, but I’m going to try to learn,” said Wynne, adding that it was important for her that Francophones in the province have services in their language.
As for the French-language university , she explained that her government was working to set up this establishment.
“I hope this university will not only be a building, but an institution for the province,” said Kathleen Wynne.
She later indicated that it was important for southern Ontario to have a Francophone university, but it was not excluded that campuses might be developed in the North, East and West of Ontario. Province.
Another fourth-year nursing student raised her concern about the national certification exam available in both languages.
“Myself and the majority of the 53 students will write it in English because the translation is not well done,” said Brianna Guertin.
Premier Wynne, who says she can not address these concerns, is committed to talking with his Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Eric Hoskins, to discuss with his colleagues in other provinces and territories.
No official bilingualism
To the question about making Ontario a bilingual province, Wynne pointed out that the bilingualism of the City of Ottawa was a municipal decision that the province validated and that its government would be willing to endorse any other similar request.
She explained that her Minister of Francophone Affairs Marie-France Lalonde was improving services in French, but that her government did not intend at the moment to make Ontario an officially bilingual province.
Ms. Wynne confessed to the French-speaking students present that the electoral platform about the Francophonie was not finalized, but that improving French-language services would be a priority for her party.
After Boréal and Cambrian colleges on Monday afternoon, Ontario’s premier will travel to Kingston, Cambridge, Windsor and Toronto.