‘Two Official Languages Are One Too Many’

The problem of having 2 Official Languages – and the different meanings in translation – has long been used by Canadian politicians to send different messages to Canada’s 2 main linguistic groups {‘Playing both sides of the fence’}. Here’s an example of how this becomes an issue in parliamentary legislation -- in this case, concerning … Continue reading ‘Two Official Languages Are One Too Many’

‘More Language Idiocy’

‘Only in Canada’ “A report from the Official Languages Commissioner claims federal employees are writing too many emails in English, according to ‘Blacklock’s Reporter’.  “However, on July 3, the federal court ruled English-speaking employees cannot be compelled to use French. Justice Peter Annis wrote in the ruling: “The reality in many so-called bilingual environments is … Continue reading ‘More Language Idiocy’

‘More Overt Government Discrimination…’

From the Canadian government’s ‘Governor in Council Appointments’: “Current Opportunity: President, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation... “We know that our country is stronger — and our government more effective — when decision-makers reflect Canada's diversity... “The Government of Canada will consider bilingual proficiency and diversity in assessing candidates for this position. You are therefore encouraged to include … Continue reading ‘More Overt Government Discrimination…’

‘Ontario Expands Canada’s Linguistic Hypocrisy’

More divisive ‘group identity’ politics from the Ontario government. Having bilingual provincial services in other provinces while Quebec is unilingual is simply hypocrisy and discrimination: “The creation of a stand-alone ministry of Francophone affairs drew mixed reactions from political pundits and opposition parties on Monday, after Premier Kathleen Wynne released details of a mini-shuffle in … Continue reading ‘Ontario Expands Canada’s Linguistic Hypocrisy’