The Acadian community marked a milestone today, Dec. 9, with theproclamation of the French-language Services Act. Francophoneleaders and government officials celebrated the event at areception at Province House. “This law will expand the reach of French language services inour province, ensuring that French-speaking Nova Scotians willhave the opportunity to access government programs andinitiatives in their native tongue,” said Premier John Hamm. A number of provincial government departments have already begundeveloping plans to improve or expand French-language services. “Today marks an important step in the provision of French-language services in Nova Scotia,” said Acadian Affairs MinisterChris d’Entremont. “Because of this new law, for the first timeAcadians and other French speaking Nova Scotians can expect morepublic services provided to them in French.” Acadian Affairs will be working very closely with provincialdepartments and agencies to support them as they develop theirown French-language services plans. Bill 111, the French-language Services Act, was introduced in thefall session of the House of Assembly after consultation withmembers of the Acadian and francophone community.