Burnaby-New Westminster NDP MP Peter Julian.
But MP Thomas had not said her last word. Rather than resume her questioning, she chose to reiterate her request. I'm just curious if you would be willing to respond in English, she said.
This only reignited the indignation. This request from the Conservative Party of Canada goes against everything on which this country was founded, lamented Liberal Michael Coteau.
This is simply unacceptable, he added. It should be noted that this should never happen in committee, it should never happen in the House of Commons. This is simply something that goes against our basic values as Canadians.
The chair of the committee has, on several occasions, confirmed that the point of order is valid and that the minister can speak in the official language of her choice .
Given the evolution of the discussion, MP Peter Julian of the New Democratic Party set out to educate the MP. Having been raised in an English-speaking environment and having learned French at school, there are many occasions where your vocabulary in a language allows you to express yourself more easily in that language and that's the principle of official bilingualism, he said.
According to him, it is absolutely reprehensible to question this notion. I can't believe how radical and extreme this party has become since the MP for Carleton [Pierre Poilievre] took control, he argued.
Minister Pascale St-Onge.
When the testimony resumed shortly after, the minister explained, in French, that she is responding in her mother tongue because she has a lot of respect for my colleague's questions and that she wishes to be certain to use the right vocabulary, to respond clearly and adequately.
The Constitutional Act specifies that French and English are the official languages of Canada, that they have equal status and equal rights and privileges regarding their use in the institutions of Parliament and the Government of Canada.< /p>
This new linguistic controversy comes a few days after a unilingual French-speaking Bloc MP, Mario Simard, said his linguistic rights were being violated and placed the blame on the conservatives.
The problem is that the interpreters stop translating the deliberations of this natural resources committee where the #x27;elected due to the cacophony, which prevents him from following the deliberations.
Conservative MPs, who are x27;parliamentary obstruction of the committee, consider instead that they have the right to speak over other elected officials who have the floor and that the president misled them by invoking health and safety issues for interpreters.