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October 21, 2008
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Minister Represents PEI at the Francophone Summit
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PEI’s Minister responsible for Acadian and Francophone Affairs, Hon. Carolyn Bertram, along with her provincial and territorial colleagues, took advantage of being in Québec to have informal discussions on various topics, including how to increase the profile of the Canadian francophonie on the national and international stage. They also discussed ways to increase access to French language media, including both traditional and new media forms.
“The Canadian Francophonie is a source of cultural richness and is an integral part of our country’s social fabric,” said Minister Bertram. “It is also part of a much larger community, the International Francophonie, a network of 70 states and governments which provides us with tremendous opportunities for outreach, including promoting cultural and economic activity. We must take advantage of this network.”
The Francophone Summit is the conference of heads of state and governments of countries that have French as a common language. The Summit takes place every two years and will meet next in 2010, in the Republic of Madagascar. For more information on the Summit and on the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), please visit the OIF website www.francophonie.org