The provincial and territorial governments, together with the federal government, agreed at the Stanley Bridge MCFA to strengthen relations with the Francophone and Acadian communities.
The participants focused on four particular areas: the visibility of the French fact in Canada, government commitment to fostering the vitality of Canada’s Francophone and Acadian communities and its dialogue with them, early childhood development, and the future direction of the Ministerial Conference. The direction that was shaped in Stanley Bridge helped reinforce follow-up on the issues addressed at that conference and the ones that followed. As a consequence, government action on active issues is becoming increasingly consistent.The ministers expressed great interest in taking advantage of opportunities like Canada hosting the 2001 Jeux de La Francophonie and the 2004 commemoration of four centuries of French presence of North America to showcase Canada’s Francophone and Acadian communities. They acknowledged the need to work with their counterparts in other departments to ensure that the interests of Francophone and Acadian communities are considered when dealing with a variety of issues, such as early childhood development.
The Stanley Bridge MCFA marked a major step forward in terms of promoting the visibility of French and appreciation of the Francophone and Acadian communities, and firming up government commitment towards those communities.