SANB: Appointment of uni-lingual Lt.-Gov. highlights urgent need for modern Official Languages Act


The New Brunswick Acadian Society says Ottawa's recent appointment of a uni-lingual Lieutenant Governor for Canada's only officially bilingual province highlights an urgent need to modernize the Official Languages Act.

Brenda Murphy was sworn in as New Brunswick's Lieutenant Governor on Sunday.

Though it recognizes, what it calls, Murphy's important contributions to causes like gender equality and poverty reduction, the Society questions her ability to carry out her duties which require an understanding of both official languages.

SANB president Robert Melanson says his group will continue to advocate for the modernization of the Act and that a complaint has been filed with the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages.

He says the society will study what tools are available to ensure such appointments don't occur in the future.