Ontario to apologize for 1912 ban on French

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TORONTO – Ontario’s premier will issue a formal apology in the provincial legislature today for a 1912 regulation that prohibited teachers in elementary schools from speaking with students in French.

Kathleen Wynne said last December that it would be “very appropriate” for her to offer an official apology on behalf of the Ontario government for Regulation 17, which was enforced for 15 years before it finally fell into abeyance by 1944.

The premier said she wanted to acknowledge that the province’s bilingual heritage wasn’t always respected in the past.

Sudbury Liberal MPP Glenn Thibeault moved a motion in the legislature asking for the official apology to the province’s French-speaking residents.

Thibeault said it will demonstrate that the government recognizes its past errors and is serious about growing the Franco-Ontarian identity and culture.

New Democrat Gilles Bisson said his party will support the apology because “it doesn’t hurt,” but he called it “much ado about nothing” because the ban on French in Ontario schools hasn’t been enforced in 70 years.

3 COMMENTS

  1. #### Right Off Wynne. How about apologizing for your theft of millions of dollars threw ontario hydro. Like the French care about your opology. Get the #### out of that office you lying theif.

  2. unreal ENOUGH OF THE APOLOGIES ALREADY!!!!
    WE GET IT, YOU’RE SORRY, NOW DO YOUR WORK, PEOPLE!!!
    APOLOGIZE TO THE MANY MANY NEAR DEAD, FIGHTING ADDICTION SURVIVORS OF ABUSES ALLOWED BY YOUR VERY OWN CROWN.
    CROWN WARDS NEED YOUR HELP.
    no need to even apologize, PLEASE JUST IMPLEMENT CHANGE IN THE CHILDREN’S AID SOCIETIES ACROSS CANADA, OVERSIGHT. NO PAYOFFS TO BE QUIET, PLEEEEASE

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