French language Services: Watson has little hope that Ford would reconsider its decision

Services en français: Watson a peu d’espoir que Ford revienne sur sa décision

The mayor of Ottawa does not believe that the premier of Ontario will come back on its decision to cut services in French. Jim Watson took the opportunity of his meeting with Doug Ford on Monday to reiterate his disappointment in this folder.

The chief magistrate has indicated to Mr. Ford that a number of residents of Ottawa were not happy with the decision of his government regarding the cancellation of the project of the University of Ontario French and the abolition of the office of the Commissioner of French language services under the leadership of the office of the ombudsman.

“I said to him that this is important to protect the language of Molière here, not only in Ottawa but across the province and the country,” says the mayor.

Mayor Watson said that the prime minister has committed to fund phase 2 of light rail, a promise he had made during the election campaign and after his accession to power.

“We need some of the paperwork legal signed by the month of march and he assured me that he would do the follow-up,” says Mr Watson.

The mayor has addressed the question of the strips of streets at its meeting Monday. He was positive of this exchange, and says that the prime minister Ford has indicated that the money would be available within a few months, nearly$8 million.

Concerning the retail sale of cannabis, Mr. Watson believes that Mr. Ford is open.

“He seems to think it is a good idea to give more powers to cities to protect neighborhoods and choose the places where the stores will be able to find it. “

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