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#ONfr Oct 22: Liberal Wave
At the end of the 78-day federal campaign, a Liberal wave washed across the country, starting from the East. Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island all turned out Liberal. The new government swept up 80 of Ontario´s seats. Justin Trudeau´s Liberals now enjoy a comfortable majority at the House of Commons, with 184 seats. Francophone ridings, as established by the Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne, have become symbols of the red wave, and contributed to tipping the scale in favour of the new holders of power in Ottawa.
Production year: 2015
At the end of the 78-day federal campaign, a Liberal wave washed across the country, starting from the East. Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island all turned out Liberal.
The new government swept up 80 of Ontario´s seats. Justin Trudeau´s Liberals now enjoy a comfortable majority at the House of Commons, with 184 seats. Francophone ridings, as established by the Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne, have become symbols of the red wave, and contributed to tipping the scale in favour of the new holders of power in Ottawa.
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Keeping ACFOs Alive: A Daily Struggle - vidéo
ACFOs are trying to survive in a context that can sometimes be quite harsh; resources for these organizations are unevenly distributed throughout the province. Meanwhile, in federal news, the options to replace Mauril Bélanger are narrowing down. This ...
Sturgeon Falls Francophones a Majority, Except in Local Shops - vidéo
Sturgeon Falls is one of the last remaining Francophone strongholds in Ontario. Yet, the town´s Francophones struggle to get services in French in many local shops. #ONfr is on the field to investigate. The flourishing of la Francophonie is also a matt...
Sturgeon Falls Remembers--45 Years Later - vidéo
December 8, 1971. After a bitter fight, the Francophones of Sturgeon Falls acquire full control over the management of the Franco-Cité school. #ONfr travelled to Sturgeon Falls to better understand the implications of the crisis and to speak with Yvon ...
Interest Wanes for Bilingual Signage in Eastern Ontario - vidéo
In the Eastern Ontario region of Prescott and Russell, only four of its eight municipalities have adopted the mandatory bilingual commercial signage bylaw. Yet since 2008, the measure´s popularity has waned, and even the Prescott and Russell ACFO no lo...
Ottawa´s Bilingual Designation Off to a Rough Start - vidéo
An #ONfr report shows that five municipal councillors in the City of Ottawa publicly support the #BilingualOttawa project. The focus of the project is to designate Canada´s capital as an official bilingual city, provided that it does not incur any extr...
30th Anniversary of a Pivotal Law - vidéo
Friday, November 18 marks the anniversary of the French Language Services Act (Bill 8). The Act turns 30 at a time when there is talk of revising its text. French Language Services Commissioner François Boileau would like, for example, for Ontario as a...
Two Electoral Challenges for the Wynne Government - vidéo
Kathleen Wynne´s government is playing for big stakes in Ottawa-Vanier and Niagara West-Glanbrook. These two by-elections are a test for the Liberals, who have been dogged by the Opposition´s criticism about the management of the Hydro One privatizatio...
Difficulties Remain for Francophone Immigrants - vidéo
The first anniversary of Justin Trudeau´s election once again puts the focus on Francophone expectations. The Liberal government has indeed launched the Mobilité francophone segment of the International Mobility Program, but the process is still a comp...
Still Waiting for Electoral Reform - vidéo
Minority Francophone communities are keeping a close eye on the electoral reform promised by Justin Trudeau´s Liberal government. University of Ottawa Professor Claude Denis explains. In Ontario, there are mixed feelings about French-language licence p...
Situation Critical for Abused Francophone Women - vidéo
Ontario shelters lack sufficient beds for Francophone women who are victims of violence. Only 6 of the 96 shelters for abused women offer services solely in French, which is worrisome for the Maison d´hébergement pour femmes francophones de Toronto. In...
Spotlight on the Ottawa-Vanier Election - vidéo
No date has yet been set for the by-election in the Ottawa-Vanier constituency, but the vote is fast approaching. Progressive Conservative candidate André Marin is casting doubt on the Liberals´ ability to hang on to the constituency they´ve held for t...
Celebrating the Green and White Flag - vidéo
All over the province, the green and white flag is hoisted in celebration of Franco-Ontarian Day. #ONfr interviews Marie-France Lalonde, the new Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, who asks Franco-Ontarians to put their trust in her even thou...
A Look Back at the First Half of 2016 - vidéo
The #ONFR team reviews the big issues that made the headlines in the first half of 2016. In federal politics, Francophones living in minority situations have high hopes for Justin Trudeau´s promises of change. Did he deliver on his promises? In Ontario...
Madeleine Meilleur: 25 Years in Politics - vidéo
Madeleine Meilleur, one of the most important Francophone voices in Ontario, is leaving political life. In the corridors of power, she worked tirelessly to advocate for the province´s Francophonie, despite the resistance of some of her fellow politicia...
Hearst, Gallic Village in Northern Ontario - vidéo
Northern Ontario Francophones are known for their pride in their language and identity. For those living in Hearst, there are virtually no barriers to living and working in French. Here is an overview of the issues facing Francophones in this community...
Mental Health: Insufficient Care for Francophones - vidéo
There is a shortage of French-language mental health support resources in many regions of Ontario, and Francophones often have to wait longer than Anglophones to receive the same services. #ONfr knocked on a few Toronto organizations´ doors to see what...
Patrick Brown: On a Mission to Woo Francophones - vidéo
Patrick Brown has been the leader of Ontario´s Progressive Conservative Party for a year now, dedicating his time to rebuilding the Official Opposition at Queen´s Park and trying to position the party for the next election, two years from now. Brown ha...
Ontario: New Plan for Francophone Tourism - vidéo
The Ontario Provincial Police has recently launched their fifth investigation into the Liberal government. Kathleen Wynne´s administration is once again in hot water for circumstances involving deleted documents. The investigation started shortly after...