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Feds unveil new roadmap for official languages

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St. Boniface MP Shelly Glover was back in her riding today as part of the Harper government’s national unveiling of Ottawa’s $1.124-billion official languages "road map".

James Moore, the minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, made a similar announcement in Ottawa.

The "Roadmap for Canada's Official Languages 2013-2018" is part of the government’s Economic Action Plan 2013 and is aimed at the protection and promotion of both official languages for another five years.

Glover also said as parliamentary secretary to Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, she’s been too busy to pay attention to the debate in Manitoba over Bill 18, the provincial NDP’s plan to tackle bullying in the province’s schools.

Her federal comrades Public Safety Minister and Steinbach MP Vic Toews and Winnipeg South MP Rod Bruinooge have both publicly criticized the bill as infringing on religious freedom.

"I don’t typically look into provincial bills when I’m busy with extremely important measures like budget 2013," Glover said.

"It is a provincial bill. It is a bill you should probably talk to (Education Minister) Nancy Allan about. I just hope that the province does as we do — listen to the community and make decisions based on what they are hearing."

 

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Updated on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 1:50 PM CDT: Corrects typo in headline.

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