Bilingualism isn't worth the cost

Bilingualism isn't worth the cost

There are 74 comments on the fullcomment.nationalpost.com story from Jan 21, 2012, titled Bilingualism isn't worth the cost. In it, fullcomment.nationalpost.com reports that:

Canada’s provinces spend almost $1-billion a year offering services and education in both official languages. According to a report issued Monday by Vancouver’s Fraser Institute, the more than $900-million spent by the provinces each year, coupled with the $1.5-billion Ottawa spends offering federal services in French and English, means that bilingualism costs Canadian taxpayers $2.4-billion annually.

Is it worth it? In just two provinces — Quebec and New Brunswick — are more than 1% of the population unilingual in a minority language. According to the 2006 Census, 2.4% of Quebec’s population (182,000 people) are unilingual anglophones, unable to speak and understand French. Meanwhile, 10.2% of New Brunswickers (about 75,000 people) claim to be unilingual francophones who struggle to comprehend English.

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Since: Sep 10

Monckton

#62 Jun 11, 2012
Time to stop this waste of Billions of dollars.

“Greater Monckton News & Views”

Since: Apr 10

Monckton, NB

#63 Jun 11, 2012
To quote from Stephen Harper from 2001..

“In those days,the promise was that bilingualism would lead to a new country–more united,more fair, truly bilingual.

It didn’t work.

In fact,Canadians aren’t much more bilingual today than they were back then.

According to the 1996 census, for example,the proportion of Canadians who are English-French bilingual is 17%.

But,as far back as 1951,long before we had heard of Trudeau,that number was well over 12%.

Even this puny growth in official bilingualism ( at enormous long-term federal expense) is doubtless exaggerated.

Many anglophones especially have pursued immersion programs and are thus encouraged to consider themselves bilingual.

But with no deep economical, social or cultural reason to master and maintain the French language, the skill simply atrophies.

This is not a negative comment on the quality of French immersion teaching or the earnestness of the taught.

It is simply difficult –extraordinarily difficult–for someone to become bilingual in a country that is not.”
Notworththe money

Moncton, Canada

#64 Jun 14, 2012
CalgaryAnglo wrote:
The french do not deserve bilingualism. They are no better than the Scots, Irish, Germans, Swedes or any others that built this Nation.
You french think too highly of yourselves.
Do you know who I hate more , are the people who set back and bitch about the French how they get everything the good jobs etc and never do a thing to help change it . So on that note I believe the English deserve what they are getting . We should have never edgeucated them then we wouldn't have this problem .The favorite saying for the English I'M SORRY ,I'M SO SORRY I'M SO REALLY SORRY. THEY JUST CAN'T STOP, THAT IS HOW THEY WE'RE RAISED And trust , let's not even go there, they trust everyone. The English have so many foot prints on them they look like door mates.on that note good luck getting Canada or even New Brunswick back to a English province.
bilingualandprou dofit

Lower Sackville, Canada

#65 Jun 16, 2012
I'd have to agree (a little bit) with CalgaryAnglo, about none of us (yes that includes Anglos) deserving whatever, in this country. The Natives should've let our Ancestors die of scurvy and kill all survivors that did not adapt and assimilate to their (Natives) customs. That would've solved a lot of problems. None of the people you named built this Nation, they only stole it from it's rightful owners, after they saved their lives !!! We (European descendants) are all a bunch of hypocrites. And yes, I include myself in this description !

Since: Sep 10

Monckton

#66 Jun 16, 2012
What the British and we Canadians did to the First Nations People was horrendous and barbaric.

First Nations and Anglos however can count their blessings that the French were not the victors in Canada.

No doubt we all would have suffered the fate of Haitians under the French.

Their deeds there inspired the likes of Hitler who learned methods of mass slaughter from them.

The French Fuhrer: Genocidal Napoleon was as barbaric as Hitler, historian claims

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10384...
bilingualandprou dofit

Lower Sackville, Canada

#67 Jun 16, 2012
Where do you get your twisted information ??? Hitler based his concentration camps on Indian Reserves in the US (No French there, only Brits and Anglos)...

Since: Sep 10

Monckton

#68 Jun 16, 2012
bilingualandproudofit wrote:
Where do you get your twisted information ??? Hitler based his concentration camps on Indian Reserves in the US (No French there, only Brits and Anglos)...
Is it that you can not properly read or what?
This is by a French Historian.

The French Fuhrer: Genocidal Napoleon was as barbaric as Hitler, historian claims

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10384...
notme

Moncton, Canada

#69 Jun 17, 2012
for your information Napoleon was not even French

Napoléon Bonaparte was born in Ajaccio, the capital city of Corsica, where his ancestral home Casa Buonaparte is also located. Corsica is also the birthplace of the singers Tino Rossi and Alizée.

Since: Sep 10

Monckton

#70 Jun 17, 2012
Who's army was Napoleon leading ? France's

Who were the soldiers ? French

Who profited from it? France

Who protected Napoleon's tomb from damage in WW2 ?

Adolph Hitler.
notme

Moncton, Canada

#71 Jun 17, 2012
ah your friend Adolph the best person of war crimes and genocide are you sure he did not have anglo saxon blood
bilingualandprou dofit

Lower Sackville, Canada

#72 Jun 17, 2012
You really don't like it when someone puts facts in your face instead of the paranoid propaganda you spit out all the time, do you Robert ?:)

Since: Sep 10

Monckton

#73 Jun 18, 2012
bilingualandproudofit wrote:
You really don't like it when someone puts facts in your face instead of the paranoid propaganda you spit out all the time,?:)
I believe this describes YOU better than me.
Logic

Miramichi, Canada

#74 Jun 18, 2012
Robert, He actually came up with concentration camps after the British ones in the Boer war. This is documented by a Hitler Biographer.

Just because you read it on the internet doens't make it true. As we so often realize with your rantings.
bilingualandprou dofit

Lower Sackville, Canada

#75 Jun 18, 2012
Robert K Monckton wrote:
<quoted text>
I believe this describes YOU better than me.
Is that the best you can do, "takes one to know one" ? Frankly Robert, you disappoint me. I thought you'd have a better come back then a knock off of a cliché!!!

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