Take action to speak out on sensible bilingualism

- September 18th, 2012

On last night’s program I gave some examples of a bilingualism policy that is detached from reality. When you look at the numbers, pushing for a bilingual workforce in St. John’s or Vancouver does not make sense. It doesn’t make sense in Quebec City either.

If you missed that show here it is

Now what can be done? First off you can participate in the federal government’s online consultation on bilingualism but before you click the link, arm yourself with the facts.

Do you know what the bilingual population of your province is? Is it low or is it high? If your province has a very low prevalence of people who speak French then does the current bilingual policy make sense for the province you live in?

You can check here to to see what languages people speak according to the census.

Now what about your city or town? You can check that here and if yours is not listed then look for the next closest municipality.

Now what about using specific points to make your case. A good question to ask is why you need to be bilingual to work as a post office clerk in British Columbia as per this job. You can search other federal jobs that require bilingualism here. Not all jobs listed here will but if you find one near you that does, ask whether it makes sense, if it doesn’t make note of it.

Now what?

Well first off make sure you participate in the online consultations, the feds say they want your opinion so give it to them.

Now you write to your MP in nice, calm tones, armed with the facts and ask them whether they think the bilingualism strategy has gone too far. You can point to the statistics for your region, the jobs that have language requirements that don’t make sense.

You can find out who your MP is at this link. You can also write to your MP without a stamp by following this format.

[NAME OF MP]

House of Commons
Parliament Buildings
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada
K1A 0A6

Now go change the world.

 

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6 comments

  1. Wayne says:

    I just completed the consultation. Downgrading official bilingualism of course. Let’s hope they listen.

    Thanks for bringing it to my attention BTW. This is one of the ways your program helps the right side get our opinions out. Keep up the good work.

    Cheers…

  2. David Gillard says:

    Bilingualism has gone TOO far. Why do they need a Bilingual Post Master in Jasper Alberta. Silly, Silly, Silly.

  3. gg says:

    I’m always amazed at the number of French people who don’t (not can’t)speak English. u huh…one of many double standards.

  4. Kathy Kashuba says:

    The Official Languages Act was entrenched in our constitution by Trudeau. Francophones have been sent out to colonize the country and when the numbers get high enough they start to demand services. That is why “where numbers warrant” was never defined. The idea was to gradually take over an area. Right now there are francophone organizations in every province which receives at least $650,000 from the feds to promote and assist the efforts to maintain the French factor. French schools are built even though there aren’t enough students to fill them. They don’t want to share with the English speaking students. They have no desire to assimilate with the population in general. To change anything the Charter has to be opened up and the OLA examined and changed.

  5. Patrick says:

    The appeasement of Quebec has been a national past time ever since Confederation, albeit at an ever accelerating rate since repatriation in 1982. This appeasement has manifested itself in disproportionate (always in Quebec’s favour) transfer payments, government investment, employment (including so-called affirmative action hiring programs country wide), and official bilingualism (to the extent that a fully bilingual traveler from Quebec is awarded $10,000 for the travesty of not being able to order a Sprite in French on an Air Canada jet in B.C.). …Now we have the spectacle of the new Quebec premier tearing down the Canadian flag with nary a peep from our fearless leader in Ottawa – once again out of the same fear of offending Quebec as underlies our historical appeasement of that province. …I say high time to stop appeasing the bully – and finally stand up to that bully. The bully will either back down – or just go away once and for all. While the former would be preferable, the latter is still a much better option than to simply keep appeasing the bully with a view to keeping “the bully happy”.

  6. Pat says:

    We had SB until about 15 years ago. Back then: federal government services were provided in both official languages, we had bilingual packaging and the first question thrown at you during an interview was related to your skills. Today: the federal government continues to provide services in both official languages and we see more unlingual packaging than ever, however, despite the fact that most work is still conducted in English by the federal gov’t (outside Quebec), the first – sometimes the second – question thrown at you during an interview is “how is your French?”. And that’s assuming you even got an interview if you didn’t indicate that you were bilingual.

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