The University of Ottawa is launching a lecture series as a tribute to Mauril Bélanger, to celebrate and honour his exceptional contribution to the University of Ottawa and the Franco-Ontarian community. A University of Ottawa arts graduate, Mauril Bélanger has dedicated 21 years of his life to the public service as a Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Vanier.
The University’s President, Allan Rock, noted, “Mauril has remained close to his alma mater, the University of Ottawa. The Mauril Bélanger Lecture Series was created as a way of honouring his involvement with and devotion to multiple causes, notably linguistic minorities and the Francophonie, particularly in Ontario.”
The new Mauril Bélanger Lecture Series, which will be under the auspices of the Jean-Luc Pepin Research Chair (JLP), aims to foster discussion and dialogue on issues relating to politics. The JLP Research Chair is devoted to the study of Canadian political institutions and their transformation in response to the changing conditions and practices of contemporary democratic governance.
Rock added, “Mauril has always considered Jean-Luc Pepin a mentor. It’s very fitting to find his name affiliated with an event under the aegis of the Jean-Luc Pepin Research Chair. Pepin defended public policies, official languages and the Francophonie, just as Mauril has.”
The Honourable Mauril Bélanger expresses his gratitude to the University. “I am truly touched by my alma mater’s initiative. This series will be a great opportunity to discuss issues that are important to me just as much as they are to Canadians. My deepest thanks to the University of Ottawa.”
The University of Ottawa intends to hold the first lecture next fall. To mark the launch of the series, an event will be taking place Tuesday, May 31 on campus. Members of Mauril Bélanger’s family and many dignitaries will be attending.
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