NB Premier Blaine Higgs

The Conservative government is moving forward with a review of the Official Languages Act. Premier Blaine Higgs says he will appoint two commissioners in the coming weeks.

Their mandate will be to oversee the review process – consult with the public and key interest groups – review suggestions and recommendations submitted – and – present a final report with recommendations to the government. In addition to the review – they are also being asked to determine ways to improve access to both official languages for all New Brunswickers. The review must be completed by December 31st. The final report will be a public document.

Details of the consultation process will be finalized after the commissioners are announced. The act was originally passed in 1969 by the government of then Premier Louis Robichaud.