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Francophone Services: Leader and Confab Scheer

francophone services: But did anything new come out of it No, May said, according to National Observer. Franco-Ontarians reacted to the Ontario government's planned cuts with a fury that spread to Quebec the city halls in Montreal and Quebec City raised the Franco-Ontarian flag and the immensely popular Tout le monde en parle current-affairs television show devoted an episode to the issue. Trudeau met with Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, the NDP's Jagmeet Singh, Green Leader Elizabeth May and interim Bloc Quebecois Leader Mario Beaulieu a rare cross-party leaders' confab Scheer requested Monday after reductions to francophone services announced two weeks ago by Ontario's Progressive Conservative government. ; The mood after the Parliament Hill meeting was that it was largely symbolic a show of support for francophones outside Quebec. A backbench Tory legislator for a heavily francophone riding in Eastern Ontario broke ranks and criticized her government's moves. And after having demoted francophone affairs from a distinct ministry to a mere area of responsibility for Attorney General Caroline Mulroney upon winning power, Ford gave it back its cabinet status on Tuesday. Premier Doug Ford rapidly backtracked on a plan to abolish the independent office of the French-language services commissioner; the position was restored, though it's to move under the supervision of the province's ombudsman. ( As reported in the news.