The national Union of farmers (UNF) requires the government to Ford reverse his decision to cut services in French. By way of a press release, the UNF ” is addressed to the government of Ontario to demand the respect of the improvements and the culture that Franco-Ontarians have made to our society.”
Member of the board of directors for the UNF in Ontario, Marcelle Paulin, lance a cry from the heart to the prime minister and Doug Ford to provide in place the independent position of the French language services commissioner. “We are a bilingual country, not just English-speaking. We consider ourselves equal, then the language services must reflect this. ”
Although the national Union of farmers is an entity that is bilingual, francophones from across Canada can count on the support and solidarity of the organization, said Ms. Paulin, who is also a farmer in northern Ontario.
To the director-general of the Union des cultivateurs franco-ontariens (UCFO), Simon Durand, this whole situation regarding the cuts in the French services is deplorable. “The office of the Commissioner of French language services, it was resources that made it possible to make anonymous complaints. In agriculture, our members are women and men of business, the aspect of the performance and the quality of service is absolutely crucial. “
“The farmers have specific needs, yet most farmers francophones,” said Ms. Paulin, who is convinced that to offer services to farmers in their language of choice is essential to foster economic growth. The rebels, thinking the ” real slap in the face to the face that Doug Ford was given to Franco-Ontarians.
Moreover, the population of eastern ontario is predominantly French speaking, and the farmers of this rural area are no exception. “I think that if the many francophone producers in the region do not have access to these services in French, it creates a barrier to their success. It prevents them to fully participate in agriculture in their province.”
For Mr. Durand, the frustration experienced by the farmers, franco-ontarians is the same as that of the whole population. “It is sure that our farmers are the fathers and mothers of families, the children will go to school, they are going to eat in French. Our demands are the same as the community as a whole, but with a touch of entrepreneurial extra.”
The president of the UFCO, Marc Quesnel, will meet with members of the Assemblée de la francophonie ontarienne Friday to discuss various issues.