$7.7 million on French language services at 2010 Winter Games

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The Canadian federal government is pumping another $7.7 million into French language services for the 2010 Winter Games following criticism that the Games may not be fully bilingual.

Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore made the surprise announcement during question period Tuesday.

It came after opposition MPs noted that Official Languages Commissioner Graham Fraser complained of “dismal” efforts to date by the Vancouver Organizing Committee and its government partners.

In a scrum later, Moore said the money will go toward translation and interpretation services as well as “permanent signage in and around all the Olympic sites in Vancouver as well as to medal ceremonies to ensure that they’re officially bilingual.”

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