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The Hon. Charlie  Watt, O.Q. Appointed to the Senate by the late former Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Senator Charlie Watt represents the province of Quebec and the Senatorial Division of Inkerman.

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Linguistic Duality at 2010 Olympic Games and Vancouver International Airport

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Statement made on 09 December 2009 by Senator Claudette Tardif

Hon. Claudette Tardif (Deputy Leader of the Opposition):

Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. The Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages has been studying the respect for and promotion of linguistic duality at the 2010 Olympic Games for over two years now. In report after report, the committee has expressed concern about preparations for the games. Commissioner Graham Fraser has also expressed concern.

Yesterday, with just 65 days to go until the games, Graham Fraser indicated that linguistic duality might not be fully respected. Plans for roving bilingual teams have not yet been announced, the agreement between VANOC and the Translation Bureau has not yet been signed, and the Vancouver airport cannot yet adequately meet the need for services in French.

Can the government leader tell us when the plans will be announced, when the agreement will be signed, and when the airport will be able to provide appropriate service to francophone visitors?

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