Canada’s oilpatch is taking Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s new, more aloof approach to the Northern Gateway pipeline project in stride.
“We believe the prime minister is trying to strike the right balance between support for diversified market access for Canadian oil, and ensuring the Northern Gateway regulatory process is allowed to proceed and be viewed as legitimate,” Tim Shipton, president of Alberta Enterprise Group, an Edmonton-based business advocacy organization, said. Read more…
OTTAWA - The federal languages watchdog will be spending up to $90,000 from the public purse to go undercover at eight airports to check whether air travellers are being served in both English and French.
Starting this fall, Official Language Commissioner Graham Fraser’s spies will anonymously verify the level of bilingualism at airports in Halifax, Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver, and on Air Canada flights.
Fraser, whose mandate ends next October when the report is scheduled to be released, called it his “swan song.”
“I’ve always thought the language rights of the travelling public are extremely important,” he said Wednesday.
Yeah, whereas the rights of the working public to go about its business without being trapped by linguistic bureaucrats are worth nothing.
John Robson, columnist and commentator with Sun Media, is also an Invited Professor at the University of Ottawa and a commentator-at-large with News Talk Radio 580 CFRA in Ottawa. With a B.A. and M.A. in history from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D in American history from the University of Texas at Austin, he has worked in academia, think tanks and politics as well as doing print, radio, TV and online journalism in Canada. He is married to Brigitte Pellerin.
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