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Bill C-573

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2nd Session, 41st Parliament,
62 Elizabeth II, 2013
house of commons of canada
BILL C-573
An Act to establish International Mother Language Day
Whereas French and English are Canada’s official languages;
Whereas more than sixty different Aboriginal languages are spoken in Canada;
Whereas Canadians speak a multitude of languages that greatly enrich our culture and our country;
And whereas the Parliament of Canada wishes to recognize the value of linguistic and cultural diversity;
Now, therefore, Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:
Short title
1. This Act may be cited as the International Mother Language Day Act.
International Mother Language Day
2. Throughout Canada, in each and every year, the twenty-first day of February is to be known as “International Mother Language Day”.
Not a legal holiday
3. For greater certainty, International Mother Language Day is not a legal holiday or a non-juridical day.
Published under authority of the Speaker of the House of Commons