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PM Harper Reappoints Graham Fraser As Official Commissioner Of Languages

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By IBTimes Staff Reporter | March 7, 2013 8:51 PM EST

Stephen Harper, prime minister of Canadian federal government Wednesday reappointed Graham Fraser as the official commissioner of Canadian languages.

Graham Fraser has been serving as Commissioner of Official Languages since 2006. Acknowledging Fraser's commitment and dedication to the post, Prime Minister Stephen Harper reappointed Fraser to the post of commissioner for a three-year term.

"Since his appointment to the position over six years ago, Graham Fraser has fulfilled his role with dedication, diligence and distinction," said the Prime Minister in a press release.

The office of the commission of official languages was started in 1970 in an effort to enhance and strengthen Canada's linguistic duality. Besides preservation of the languages, it's the sole duty of the commissioner to protect the language rights of all Canadians.

"He has brought to the position a profound sensitivity to Canada's linguistic duality and a deep understanding of the Official Languages Act and Canada's language policy.  I am pleased that he has agreed to be nominated to continue in this important role," said Harper.

According to the press release, Graham Fraser has successfully handled some of the sensitive and high-profile language issues in the country during his office as the commissioner of official languages.

The office is an agent of Parliament responsible for the implementation of the Parliament Act to protect and promote the languages, and safeguard the equality of status and use of English and French in Canadian society.

Fraser's reappointment must be approved by House of Commons and the Senate in order for him to take the office October 17. 

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