Ottawa (Ontario), July 29, 2015 – The Movement for an officially bilingual Capital of Canada (MOCOB), a citizens’ initiative, is rallying Canadians in support of declaring the City of Ottawa officially bilingual in time for Canada’s 150th anniversary. For many, this goal is longstanding and dates back to 1970 when the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism made recommendations to this effect, as did numerous other studies and reports stating that the nation’s Capital should reflect the linguistic reality of our bilingual country. During its summit in November 2012, the main recommendation of the États généraux de la francophonie d’Ottawa was to declare our Capital officially bilingual.
Thanks to the work of numerous volunteers, the MOCOB has enlisted the support of a large number of Canadians. “Since its launch in June 2014, more than fifty organizations, educational institutions, community associations, political and business groups and citizens’ movements from all over Canada have sent letters of support, and thousands of individuals have signed a petition”, says Jacques de Courville Nicol, national coordinator of the Movement. “This strong show of support proves that the linguistic status of the City of Ottawa is an issue that touches the country as a whole and not just residents of the Capital.”
The MOCOB team invites all Canadians to become better informed about this issue and to continue to send letters of support through their web site, www.capbilcap.ca. They are also invited to write directly to the mayor of Ottawa, Jim Watson, and to the prime minister of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne, and follow the Movement on Facebook at www.facebook.com/capitale.bilingue and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/capbilcap. Canadians are also invited to sign the petition of the Regroupement étudiant franco-ontarien (RÉFO) at www.change.org/p/pétition-pour-une-capitale-bilingue-petition-for-abilingual-capital.
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