MPPs Blais, Collard and Simard ask Ford for French content in COVID-19 briefings

April 15, 2020

Hon. Doug Ford

Premier of Ontario

Main Legislative Building

Queen’s Park

Toronto ON M7A 1A1


Dear Premier Ford:

We are writing to strongly urge you to add a French content component to your daily briefings. While you hold a daily briefing in English, there is no equivalent French content for the francophone community.

Ontario’s francophone community is going through the same crisis as the rest of the province. At risk are our most vulnerable: francophone seniors who are not receiving the live, direct detailed information about COVID-19 in French. Many of our francophone seniors are not able to understand the information currently being communicated by our government and are turning to Premier Legault’s briefings to receive communications in French that are crucial for their health and security.

The solution to this problem is simple: please make a ministry representative available to summarize the daily press conference in French and to take questions in French during the press conference.

We urge you to take action on this immediately. Ontario Liberals remain committed to working with the government to combat COVID-19.



Stephen Blais, MPP for Orléans          Lucille Collard, MPP for Ottawa-Vanier          Amanda Simard, MPP for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell

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