Letter to the Editor – Eric Little Language Concerns raised by Bill C-419

Letter to the Editor – Eric Little Language Concerns raised by Bill C-419

ParlaOTTBill C-419 has passed second reading, been referred to committee and a report generated. http://www.parl.gc.ca/LegisInfo/BillDetails.aspx?billId=5526983&Mode=1&Language=E  http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&DocId=6092470&File=24#1

My concerns with the bill, to increase guaranteed bilingual roles for 10 positions, are quality of those new hires, where do we get the workers from and when does it stop. The number of qualified possible candidates drops as soon as language is put into place. Perhaps one of the bilingual choices would get the job anyway, but we will never know if this bill goes through. Secondly, you can look at numbers from Mother Tongue or Knowledge of Official Languages, but it would appear the lack of fairness in hiring is slanted towards Quebec,  New Brunswick and Ontario only.  If those senior positions are bilingual, why not second, third and 500th then?

People are being affected by a 40 plus year push for duality, and the numbers prove it is not being effective for that goal, if the government would reduce this push, people would probably get along better.

Mother tongue, as listed by Statistics Canada for the 2011 census, refers to the first language learned at home in childhood and still understood by the individual on May 10, 2011. The following chart lists province by population and number of English / French speakers taken from the Canada Census link below.

http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2011/dp-pd/hlt-fst/lang/Pages/highlight.cfm?TabID=1&Lang=E&Asc=1&OrderBy=1&View=1&tableID=401&queryID=3&Age=1&PRCode=35

Canada Census 2011 – Bilingual Canadians

Province

Total Population

Eng / Fr Bilingual

%

Nfld / Labrador

509,950

465

0.09

PEI

138,435

445

0.32

Nova Scotia

910,615

3,030

0.33

New Brunswick

739,900

6,580

0.88

Quebec

7,815,955

64,800

0.83

Ontario

12,722,065

46,605

0.37

Manitoba

1,193,095

3,800

0.32

Saskatchewan

1,018,310

1,730

0.17

Alberta

3,610,180

8,410

0.23

British Columbia

4,356,210

8,600

0.19

Yukon

33,655

140

0.42

North West Terr.

41,035

75

0.18

Nunavut

31,765

10

0.03

Totals

33,121,175

144,685

0.44

Plus

Eng+Fr+non official

24,095

0.51

 

Knowledge of official languages refers to whether the person can conduct a conversation in English, French, in both or in neither language. For a child who has not yet learned to speak, this includes languages that the child is learning to speak at home.

http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2011/dp-pd/hlt-fst/lang/Pages/highlight.cfm?TabID=1&Lang=E&Asc=1&PRCode=01&OrderBy=999&View=1&Age=1&tableID=402&queryID=1

 

Canada Census 2011

 Knowledge of Official Languages

Province

Total Population

Eng / Fr Bilingual

%

Nfld / Labrador

509,950

23,450

4.2

PEI

138,435

17,005

12.28

Nova Scotia

910,615

93,435

10.26

New Brunswick

739,900

245,885

33.23

Quebec

7,815,955

3,328,725

42.59

Ontario

12,722,065

1,395,805

10.97

Manitoba

1,193,095

103,145

8.64

Saskatchewan

1,018,310

46,570

4.57

Alberta

3,610,180

235,565

6.52

British Columbia

4,356,210

296,645

6.81

Yukon

33,655

4,420

13.13

North West Terr.

41,035

3,720

9.06

Nunavut

31,765

1,200

3.77

Totals

33,121,175

5,795,575

17.5

 

 

 

 

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stellabystarlight
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WELL…..WELL……WELL……. Gee, we have been told by the English activist that millions here and abroad are behind them……..certainly doesn’t sound that way when reading the blogs. I am sure that millions would lose a day’s pay to fight this injustice…….OMG too funny. Desperate measures for desperate times…..lol peter wrote: This is the very reason many, many of us want change. we are shut out of our own country’s decision making process and we are not BEING LISTENED TO Unbelievable…….join the rest of us. Keep boycotting and sending e-mails and videos around the world…..I honestly think that will help your cause… Read more »
edudyorlik
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@Eric RE: POST on April 25, 2013 at 10:59 am Eric wrote, “These people are fighting the good fight, reading I am a champion for Canada part 2 , is astounding. http://oqla.org/ ” SUPER GREAT post Eric. Thank you so much for bringing this to my (to our) attention. This letter, along with the original presentation by Mr. Shebbeare and the others deserves to be spread to every reach of this country. I can completely envision the counselors acting in the manner spoken about in this letter above. That level of disrespect DOES NOT surprise me in the least.. I… Read more »
peter
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Ditto Cory’s post april 24th. @ 6:50a.m.

Eric
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It is now official, be bilingual or no job for you! Thanks Canadians(some) for (not) standing up for your rights…..

http://www.lapresse.ca/le-droit/politique/sur-la-colline-parlementaire/201306/05/01-4658140-bilinguisme-des-agents-le-projet-de-loi-est-adopte.php

Edudyorlik
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Sad… Leaves me wondering WHEN will people wake up, and what will it take to wake them up?

This topic was dropped in my lap (thank you Eric) the other day.

After watching the whole hour and a half long boring

“let’s pat each other one the back for pushing bilingualism on the Canadian people” video of theirs

i decided it was necessary to dispel a few small parts. Not to worry. The resulting video i made is only 5 minutes 🙂

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTLvTJf9GNM

Enjoy and remember to share…

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Eric
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Seeing it video hits home doesn’t it…..like this other one, I’m only allowed to keep this job because I am the bilingual one….https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6E_BgxHZVFI

highlander
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Thanks to the reference to that video Eric. Now if that girl has no true French heritage would that not be called assimilation? That same assimilation that Quebec fights against in the protection of the French language! Therefore its not exceptable for French to be assimilated but its alright that all those 200 other language groups be assimilated ? When will Canadians wake up clear the smoke and mirrors and see the reality that legislated language laws have become discriminatory? Bilingual today French tomorrow assimilation is well underway,So this is called “where numbers warrant” as that was the original intention… Read more »
Eric
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Hey English and French unilinguals, we lost, start learning the other language, should have spoke up when you had a chance.
CTV showed the Prime Minister exiting his plane this morning, the plane with French first even though it goes against federal policy.

Hey anglais et francophones unilingues, nous avons perdu, commencent à apprendre l’autre langue

http://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=945256

http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/pol/doc-eng.aspx?id=12314

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