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.
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
Now go change the world.