Time to reconsider official bilingualism

Jun 16, 2012 Full story: blogs.theprovince.com 22

Canada’s changing linguistic makeup should provide an impetus to revisit bilingualism as currently defined by Ottawa.

A new study by Quebec professor François Vaillancourt and three of his colleagues recently published by the Fraser Institute implicitly raises questions about current approaches to bilingualism.

The authors note bilingualism costs $2.4 billion a year, with $868 million of that spent by the provinces and rest spent by Ottawa.

Duel-labelling requirements that increase the price of Canadian goods and services. That is likely impossible to quantify — one can’t find every expenditure on bilingualism by every private company and add it up — but that’s a real economic cost insofar as some company must comply with federal requirements even where such compliance is silly.

In Quebec, unilingual speakers unable to speak the majority language, French, constitute just 2.4 per cent of the population. Everywhere else, unilingual minorities are tiny, just fractions of a per cent.

Beyond the English in Quebec and francophones everywhere else, it’s useful to consider other “linguistic minorities” to begin an honest discussion about the future of bilingualism in Canada. British Columbia is a good place to start. Its numbers illustrate a significant trend: how other minority languages are swamping French as the top minority language.

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G Lawson

Burnaby, Canada

#1 Jun 16, 2012
Reconsider bilingualism, reconsider? Why waste the time & money. This OBTUSE policy slipped in by that thing trudeau late on a friday should be flushed! The federal Gov't has allowed a facist style Gesatpo language police in quebec. They have allowed Bill 101, as well as funding a twit like Graham Fraser to waste even more money with his little jerks slipping around Ottawa so it can justify his existence & other anti-English language laws in quebec, & they try to claim we are a bilingual country simply so they can attempt to buy votes in Quebec like a prostitue! I'm sorry, they are worst than that, & I'm sorry to classify them with prostitutes. Prostitutes have more moral fibre.
If they are going to continue to polute Canada with some dying 3rd world language for political gain, especially western Canada,then we, in western Canada should seriously consider forming a new Dominion with the Yukon, & flush everything east of Winnipeg right down the St. Lawrence. We would be a great deal richer & a whole lot happier. Free higher education, hospitalization, an end to homelessness & hunger, & we could even afford a Coast Guard! A pox on all their houses, and yes I do understand it is our fault for allowing such a low class of people to slither into that H of C! AND STAND FOR IT!!
Fedup in NB

Moncton, Canada

#2 Jun 17, 2012
What a crock bilingualism is. 30% of New Brunswickers speak French and they have 64% of the Government jobs.
Canadian Summer

Toronto, Canada

#3 Jun 17, 2012
Quebec claims it's having it's Spring, well for the RoC, it hopefully will be the Canadian Spring where Canadians take to the streets and demand the end of Official Bilingualism.

Remember, we are the VAST majority in this country.
notme

Moncton, Canada

#4 Jun 17, 2012
so according to you nuts .the French have all the jobs wow since you claim we are a very small minority we must be very hard workers and give a lot to our government to pay for all the unemployed English which are suppose to be a majority....

this shows how stupid you are
What

Toronto, Canada

#5 Jun 17, 2012
notme wrote:
so according to you nuts .the French have all the jobs wow since you claim we are a very small minority we must be very hard workers and give a lot to our government to pay for all the unemployed English which are suppose to be a majority....
this shows how stupid you are
"Government jobs", not "jobs." If you're going to accuse others of stupidity, why don't you address what they're actually saying instead of inventing clumsy straw-men?
bilingualandprou dofit

Dartmouth, Canada

#6 Jun 17, 2012
How many unilingual French speaking people have high paying top jobs in both the Federal and the Provincial governments ?
Now, how many unilingual English speaking people have high paying top jobs in both the Federal and the Provincial governments ?
Check it out... They don't have to be bilingual, but none, not one of them is a unilingual Francophone ! But there are quite a few (a majority at those level) that are unilingual Anglophones.
You can try and deny it all you want, just do a little bit of research if you want to really face the truth.
Anon

Winnipeg, Canada

#7 Jun 17, 2012
bilingualandproudofit wrote:
How many unilingual French speaking people have high paying top jobs in both the Federal and the Provincial governments ?
Now, how many unilingual English speaking people have high paying top jobs in both the Federal and the Provincial governments ?
Check it out... They don't have to be bilingual, but none, not one of them is a unilingual Francophone ! But there are quite a few (a majority at those level) that are unilingual Anglophones.
You can try and deny it all you want, just do a little bit of research if you want to really face the truth.
Don't forget that about three times as many Canadians speak English compared with French and nationally, Francophones are five times more likely to speak English than Anglophones are to speak French, giving Francophones an effective advantage where bilingualism is required for employment.
QUITTNER

Toronto, Canada

#8 Jun 18, 2012
10:14 am, Monday, June 18, 2012:
RE: Time to reconsider official bilingualism
..... Nobody in Canada is forced to speak and write both English and French, but some jobs are open only to those who can speak and write both languages fluently.
..... Every person who can speak only one of these languages should be able to communicate properly in any part of Canada, and should be able to read descriptions on merchandise, and various notices, in his or her own language anywhere in Canada as long as both languages are OFFICIAL languages of Canada.
daryl doucette

Moncton, Canada

#9 Jun 18, 2012
Again, where are all these "unilingual" francophones? In the back woods of kebec? Good place for them....
bilingualandprou dofit

Dartmouth, Canada

#10 Jun 18, 2012
I could say the same thing about the loud mouth minority Anglo hicks like you !!!
daryl doucette

Moncton, Canada

#11 Jun 19, 2012
"doofus" you a sharp guy!!!
bilingualandprou dofit

Dartmouth, Canada

#12 Jun 19, 2012
Darn right I am !
daryl doucette

Moncton, Canada

#13 Jun 19, 2012
Seriously though, how many unilingual francophones do you know here in Moncton? Now, how many unilingual anglophones do you know? Now, if you are reasonable, ask yourself why it is this way here?
notme

Moncton, Canada

#14 Jun 19, 2012
because the English people have no pride in themselves and do not want to make an effort to learn anything different ...
Anon

Winnipeg, Canada

#15 Jun 19, 2012
notme wrote:
because the English people have no pride in themselves and do not want to make an effort to learn anything different ...
No, it's because there's no need or requirement to learn another language when the one you know is understood by everyone else anyways. I have also noticed that boys and younger men do not like to learn French as they find speaking it very effeminate...similar to their expected aversion to dressing in women's clothing or to engaging in knitting.
bilingualandprou dofit

Moncton, Canada

#16 Jun 20, 2012
Oh wow, now we have an homophobic french hater in the gang !!! These posts are getting more and more interesting by the day !!!

Since: Sep 10

Monckton

#17 Jun 20, 2012
What started out as a supposed Good Will Gesture by Canadians has turned into a monster that continues to grow unchecked.We gave them an inch and now a mile is no longer enough.

Bit by bit Canadians are realizing just what a horrendous mistake official bilingualism was.

It has produced no unity, no fairness at a cost of billions.

When the discontent of English speaking Canadians finally boils over, we will have one hell of a bloody mess.

You can push people only so far before they rise up and take whatever action is necessary to regain their basic rights.
notme

Moncton, Canada

#18 Jun 20, 2012
VIVE LE BILINGUISME .. CEUX QUI NE VEULE PAS APPRENDRE L'AUTRE LANGUE QUE CA SOIT ANGLAIS OU FRANÇAIS ALLER AU DIABLE .....

AD IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WELL LEARN fRENCH
bilingualandprou dofit

Moncton, Canada

#19 Jun 20, 2012
Robert K Monckton wrote:
You can push people only so far before they rise up and take whatever action is necessary to regain their basic rights.
I agree 100% with you on that statement Robert... That's what happened when you force fed all other cultures with yours and your language. People got fed up, fought back and now French Canadians are finally starting to regain their basic rights.
Anon

Winnipeg, Canada

#20 Jun 21, 2012
bilingualandproudofit wrote:
Oh wow, now we have an homophobic french hater in the gang !!! These posts are getting more and more interesting by the day !!!
You are a liar. Nothing more, nothing less.

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