OQLF to be spared from budget cuts?

The man in charge of finding savings within the provincial government will not say whether or not measures to protect the French language will be spared from the chopping block.

The president of the Treasury Board is saying;however, that everyone will have to make an effort.

An article in La Presse newspaper says the Liberals plan to find savings worth 2.4 Billion dollars, but that funding for the defence of French with be spared as a symbolic measure.

According to the story, the ministries of Health, Education (including higher Education), Environment, International Relations, and Culture will all have to find fat to trim.

Family minister Francine Charbonneau is among those in Couillard's cabinet who says she is looking at what her ministry can do: "We're trying to see every program that we have and see where we can do things that are responsible."

The president of the Treasury board, Martin Coiteux, who's in charge of the grand operation to control spending, would not speak specifically about the OQLF.

"I'm not going to comment any particular measure. Every department has to make some major efforts this year," he says.

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  1. joeN posted on 05/07/2014 02:52 PM
    Here is where the true test will be for the Dr and the Liberals, you can trim the head count at the OQLF and rebrand it as a promoter of the french language instead of the harrasing and vindictive style it was granted by the PQ. Offer translation services, french courses, provide informative services vs legal staff to harass businesses and cultural communities.
    1. lena73 posted on 05/07/2014 09:33 PM
      @joeN what are you talking about?
      Rebranding costs money. Enough with throwing money into this department.
      Healthcare and education is seriously suffering.
      I took my baby to emergency on saturday and the wait was 6 bloody hours. I don't care what language I'm served in as long as my health needs are met.
  2. Adam posted on 05/07/2014 06:42 PM
    They, and any provincial office that duplicates the federal ones should be terminated.

    This means the Québec embassies, the Québec board to rate movies for example, close them down yesterday!
    1. Jim posted on 05/07/2014 09:22 PM
      @Adam Absolutely!!! In what universe does the logic of unnecessary duplication make sense, particularly in times of financial crisis. It is only to placate nationalists who feel that Québec has no value unless we find symbols to represent them, but at what cost that is beyond our means.
  3. ric posted on 05/07/2014 10:15 PM
    When they talk about trimming health, education and environment, they better trim the oqlf or better yet disband it. Just how much are they paying these clowns to run around with rulers and measure English signs? They've only been an embarrassment to this province. So Dr. Couillard, do you have the kahunas to do it?????
  4. SStM posted on 05/07/2014 11:56 PM
    Funny article. "Symbolic measure" ? Symbolic of pandering to language supremacist's snitch line. Finding "fat to trim" from health care while maintaining status quo at the purely fat minority language restrictions enforcement agency is somewhat disgusting while people suffer on waiting lists for essential medical procedures. Get our elected and unelected civil servants off of the private medical system and we will see some real progress that Quebecers can be proud of. If the civil servants (including all politicians) had to wait on public healthcare waiting lists like the rest of us, there wouldn't be any question of where our budget priorities focused.
  5. George73 posted on 05/08/2014 02:50 PM
    Funny how the Liberals so called courage of their convictions when it comes to spending under control will not be brought to bear upon the OQLF. So I guess, that more money will need to be sucked out of health care. But not to worry. As one lies dying on a gurney in an overcrowded and ill-funded ER, one can die safe in the knowledge that that parrot in the pet store is bilingual by government decree.
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