Thank you for supporting the #BilingualOttawa approach! Together, we can build a modern city, open-minded and proudly bilingual!
Association acadienne de la région de la Capitale nationale (AARCN)
CALACS francophone d’Ottawa
Société d’histoire de l’Outaouais
« This is not the old battle of anti-French or anti-English. This is a modern approach… This group is saying, let’s be pragmatic about this » – Mathieu Fleury, Rideau-Vanier councillor
« It does give the city in general, a G7 capital, a certain sophistication that it’s able to be a dual-language G7 capital » – David Luxton, chair of Canadian Tulip Festival
« The capital of a bilingual country must be bilingual too, for the residents but also for all francophones and francophiles of the country. » – Johanne Lacombe, President of CECCE
« The moment has come for the City of Ottawa to acknowledge her linguistic duality and become officialy a bilingual National Capital. » – Carol Jolin, President of AEFO
« We share the preoccupations of each francophone organization about the future of French language here in Ottawa, as well as everywhere in Canada. » – Linda Savard, President of CEPEO
« The National Capital of Canada, Ottawa, would show an exceptional leadership during the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation by becoming the first among big canadian cities to officialize her bilingual status. » – Jacques de Courville Nicol, Coordinator of MOCOB
« We want the City of Ottawa bilingualism to unify every citizen of our community. » – Lucien Bradet, Entrepreneur and Ottawa resident
« The celebrations of the 150th anniversary of Canada in 2017 are a unique occasion to send a message of unity to each canadian. » – Bertin Beaulieu, Former president of ACFO
« An official pro-bilingualism strong position would show that Ottawa is an open and welcoming city who recognize the contribution of her founding communities, that celebrate its duality, her plurality and who is a true world class capital. » – Alain Dupuis, General Manager of REFO.
« Official bilingualism would have impacts as an higher francophone immigration, a greater multicultural bond and especially, a stronger sense of pride for our students, their parents and grandparents. » – Édith Dumont, Director of Education at CEPEO
« Ottawa is a one of a kind municipality; the National Capital of Canada, an officially bilingual country. » – Denis Vaillancourt, President of AFO.
« The approach wants to ensure that Ottawa will continue to provide french services to the future generations whitout imposing an undue financial burden to the city. » – François Baril, President of AJEFO
« Ottawa’s Official Bilingualism, as proposed by the #BilingualOttawa initiative, is the reflexion of our social, historical and economical fabric. It aims to protect and celebrate this great cultural wealth without imposing new obligations to the City of Ottawa. » – Bernadette Sarazin, co-owner of Brio Stratégies
« As the nation’s capital, the City of Ottawa has a national and international Status. Ottawa is the seat of the Parliament of Canada, of the Supreme Court of Canada and of a number of institutions and embassies that symbolizes our great country. The Ottawa city council must officially recognize the equality of both languages of Canada’s Capital and present itself as a world leader to all. » – Denise Beauchamp, volunteer for #BilingualOttawa
« The seniors are experienced ambassadors that can share with the younger generation the idea that the linguistic duality of Canada is a fundamental element of their canadian identity. Official bilingualism would be a symbol of pride to give to young people. » – Élizabeth Allard, President of FARFO