Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the election of Dany Laferrière to the Académie française

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement upon learning that Dany Laferrière had been elected to the Académie française:

“On behalf of all Canadians, I would like to commend Dany Laferrière on becoming the first Canadian and the first Quebecer to be elected to the Académie française.

“Being elected to this prestigious institution is the culmination of a lifetime devoted to writing, literature and the promotion of the French language. It speaks to the vitality of Canada’s Francophonie and the place that French has in Canada.

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