Kevin O’Leary Con Leadership Run Opens Language Debate in Canada by Jamie Gilcig MARCH 2, 2016

Kevin O’Leary Con Leadership Run Opens Language Debate in Canada by Jamie Gilcig MARCH 2, 2016

Kevin O’Leary is taking a page or two from Donald Trump in the US and trying to position himself for a leadership run to replace Stephen Harper for the Conservative Party.

Like Trump he’s picking off popular topics that are getting him a lot of press.

It’s not rocket science.   Hold out hope to large groups of voters for issues they care about even if you most likely will not follow through.   Justin Trudeau successfully used this tactic to gain a majority win in the last election.

While the bombastic O’Leary is no Donald Trump on any level really, the trend of populist loud mouths shows the frustration voters have with slickly displayed puppets with ties to the powers that be and how helpless most voters truly feel.

Maxime Bernier, a long time MP and shining star for the Conservatives dropped the gloves and stated that Mr. O’Leary couldn’t lead a party because he’s not bilingual.     He called the former anglo Quebecer “a tourist”.

It’s really time for Canada to have a National debate about our bilingual policies that essentially give Quebecer’s an unfair advantage over most Federal jobs, and now many Provincial ones.      The cost and over head of mandating bilingualism when Quebec itself is unilingual is clearly at a time for review.    If Quebec doesn’t need to be bilingual why would any other province in Canada?

From Supreme Court Judges to high ranking military brass; by demanding bilingualism you are essentially excluding the majority of the most qualified candidates from advancement because of a language that is a small minority in the country.

Bernier talks about stopping bailouts to sacred cows like Bombardier and other Conservative candidates talk about funding for the CBC, but the cost of official bilingualism clearly costs far more than both bailouts and funding the CBC.

It also impacts our society, and has crippled the futures of so many whose only fault is not being able to pass ridiculous Francophone tests that many native French speakers could not pass.

Is it time for Canadians to Vote on Continuing Official Bilingualism?

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Isn’t it time to focus on merit rather than language which has caused such a divide in our great country?

Quebec clearly has made its choice.  Isn’t it time for Canada to make it without being told by politicians what our choice is?

Technology in 2016 has made it easy and accessible to provide service in any language conveniently.

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jules
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I have something here for all of you to see and I have nowhere else to post it and will let Jamie’s discretion where he wants to post this but part of this story has to do with language and what hard work can do if you have the will and wanting to learn something. I want you to read this and this is the generation of people that my husband and I have high regards for. This man is now deceased just recently after a fall in Florida. This man grew up in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon and… Read more »
Christopher Cameron
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Yes we should have a referendum on Bilingualism.
Let us peasants have a choice in direction of bilingualism.
What can best describe our present bilingual policies;
Canada’s Language Caste System!

The original intent with bilingualism was providing Language Services now has morphed to excluding 83% of the population from gainfull employment of government positions.
In any other Country this would be considered Undemocratic but as well discriminatory.

jules
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Christopher Cameron you are wrong and I will tell you why. In my husband’s Lebanon in order to work for the federal government you have to know Arabic and French and English is next. Today people know at least three languages. I posted an article about a Lebanese man who was not educated at all and worked hard to support himself and came from a mighty poor area in Lebanon and that is the area where the Syrian refugee camp is located today. Mr. Saikeley learned different things and washed dishes for a living and learned the restaurant business and… Read more »
Furtz
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Christopher, are you still being denied employment because of your English heritage?

jules
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Furtz you do have something wrong here. Christopher is not denied employment because of his English heritage. I am both English and French and went to a French school since kindergarden and I am fully bilingual. This is what hospitals as well as government and many many other places want even the low level jobs want bilingual people. This has nothing to do with heritage. I can be from Timbuktoo and as long as I am bilingual that is what they want not your English or whatever culture you belong to as long as you can communicate in both official… Read more »
Christopher Cameron
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Furtz ;
I speak English like more then 80% of Canadians ,that does not mean like those 80%+ that they are of English Herritage.
That Chineese person who speaks English is English ?
That Hatian person speaks French is from French Herritage?
Speaking a particular Language does not define as coming from that particular Herritage.

Due to discriminatory Language Legislation many Canadians 83%+ are denied Government Employment.

Christopher Cameron
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Jules ;
I respect all Languages.
Our Government in its day made the choice of bilingualism.
An issue that directly effects the Employment of millions should have had a referendum to decide this.
The original intent of providing Language services was to be where numbers warrant.
This has morphed to exclusionary hiring practices whereby 83% of the population are not Qualified based on Skills ,Education or experience but Language !
Speaking for myself and as well a vast quiet majority this practice is discriminatory.

Furtz
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Christopher, where does that 83% figure come from?
I know quite a few unilingual English speakers (including family members) who work at various federal government agencies such as Parks Canada, the RCMP, Transport Canada, and others.

jules
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Chris you have one of the hardest jobs on earth and I respect that as well as yourself but the problem is that most Canadians don’t want to learn a second language and that is what I am getting at. Many years ago back in the early 1950’s era my mom saw how French was in demand way back in the good old days of Cornwall not counting the rest of Canada. If you did not have French back then it was tough to get a job. Chris your job is mighty hard and the studies are beyond comprehension and… Read more »
Christopher Cameron
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Furtz were they recent hires ?as a comparative?

Jules thanks.We live in a multicultural society and A friend who speaks 7 languages with exception of French was applying for a professional job and most are Mandatory bilingual yet not one of her 7 languages is considered an asset .
Her experience and many others with similar experiences have expressed their discust in our Language Caste System.

Furtz
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Fairly recent hires, Christopher.. within the last ten or fifteen years.
I’ll ask again. where did your 83% figure come from?

jules
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Chris I sure do know that it is maddening and heart breaking and yes there are many very highly qualified people who can do the job and when they lack the French language then they are shoved aside. Many years ago the French were kept down and now they are getting their revenge. I went through hell in a French school and I know their mentality. We put our daughter through the French as well.

jules
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Years ago in the 1970’s era the federal government hired some English people as well as French people and tried to makes some sort of fairness. The French people would work on the French work and the English on the English work unless someone was bilingual. Today you have to have the two official languages no matter what the job. I know it is maddening and difficult.

jules
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Do you know what is worse Chris. My supervisor in the fed. govt. had her job since the 1940’s era and as an English woman they forced French on her and she had a heart attack. Another man of 63 or 64 had cancer and was about to retire and they forced him into learning French and he died not long afterwards. Does that sound sane to you?

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