A.F.M.N.B. backs calls by S.A.N.B. for changes to federal Official Languages Act

The New Brunswick Association of Francophone Municipalities was in Ottawa last week, backing calls by the New Brunswick Acadian Society for changes to the Official Languages Act.

As the Standing Committee on Official Languages begins consultations on the modernization of the Act, the association says the legislation lacks components that would allow it to function to its full potential.

Association president and Petit-Rocher mayor Luc Desjardins says the act contains positive measures supporting language minorities but no legislation specifying how.

Desjardins is also calling on Ottawa to recognize the uniqueness of the Acadian and Francophone community of New Brunswick.

The SANB also wants federal services offered in both official languages at all times, not just where there is significant demand as the Act currently dictates.

(with files from the Acadie-Nouvelle)