5:30 p.m., Dec. 31)
Leslie clarrifies position on official bilingualism for
By Fred Sherwin
MP Andrew Leslie says he still thinks Ottawa should adopt
official biligualism, but he stops short when it comes
to trying to force the city's hand.
a recent article in Le Droit, Leslie said that although
he still wants to "champion" the cause, he has
no intention to put pressure on the mayor, or Ottawa city
"Yes, I will be a champion for official bilingualism
in Ottawa. (But) it must start with the City of Ottawa
and we must work with the councilors to establish the
conditions to develop a consensus," Leslie told Le
only problem with Leslie's position is that the city has
shown zero interest in exploring the issue since last
year's municipal election, and without any outside pressure
it will likely never see the light of day.
Watson, in particular, is quite happy with maintaining
the status quo, as is the majority of city council including
local councillors Bob Monette and Stephen Blais. During
last fall's municipal election, Innes Ward Coun. Jody
Mitic said he was opposed to making the city official
his interview with Le Droit, Lelslie said the current
French language services policy doesn't go far enough.
Still he thinks any potential improvements are up to council.
also said he wants to work with local organizations to
improve French language services in Orléans, although
he didn't elaborate.
Leslie appeared to temper his position on official bilingualism,
he doubled down on his desire to see Phase II of light
rail extended to Trim Road from Place d'Orléans.
my job to ensure that it does not stop at Place d'Orléans.
It'll take a few months to reach a consensus (with the
other elected and government). The good thing is that
we have two years to get there," Leslie said..
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