“Language Debate won’t be solved by Us”
As this debate becomes ever more heated, it is apparent from recent editorials and blogs nationwide that this event is quickly becoming polarized. Canadians from Coast-to-Coast-to-Coast are commentating on the need for the existing policy of ‘Official Bilingualism’ – some for, some against, but all feeling very strongly one way or another towards this subject.
Never before in our history has there been a subject that has caused so much division amongst our citizens. Canada is a cultural and linguistic mosaic, made up from people of close to 90 languages and cultural backgrounds. The languages spoken by the majority of our citizens are either English or French. As of late, there have been questions raised by the merit of having ‘Official Bilingualism’. People have been asking questions pertaining to the cost/benefit of such a policy. There are growing concerns in editorials and blogs pointing to the fact that perhaps the money traditionally earmarked for bilingualism should be spent elsewhere. Some bloggers have pointed out that the money would be better spent on: healthcare, education, welfare, feeding the hungry, housing the homeless and a host of other social assistance programs. These bloggers have a good point and make a convincing argument. With government cutbacks taking place across the board, would it not be a good idea to use money set aside for ‘Official Bilingualism’ on other issues affecting all Canadians?
One thing is abundantly clear with this issue of language debate and ‘Official Bilingualism’. We cannot keep going along the same lines as we always have. The current situation is causing a division between Canadians; with one group reaping a distinct advantage over all others where provincial and federal government careers are concerned. And it hasn’t ended there. Increasingly, across much of Eastern and Northeastern Ontario, the private sector is also becoming victim of this policy. The irony of this language policy of ‘Official Bilingualism’ is that the creation of it was originally sanctioned to bring about the equality of the two languages spoken by the majority of Canadians and to ensure that Canadians had access to government services in both French and English. This is clearly not the case now. Thousands of young Canadians have missed out on jobs with both the provincial and federal branches of government. All too often they have been told things like, ‘You’re not bilingual enough’, which in reality, equates to not being French enough. Others have been offered jobs upon condition of passing a French language written examination, most of which they fail. Why is this the case? If ‘Official Bilingualism’ is the idea that the two languages are equal, where are the English examinations for those who are the successful candidates?
There are either two ways in which this issue will be solved. One is to have Revolutionary justice or civil war if you want to term it that. Things are getting so bad now that the NDP is trying to push a private member’s bill called the ‘Language Skills Act’ that would require all Parliamentarians to be bilingual. Thought of this way, imagine if an American citizen had to speak Spanish in order to serve in the American Congress? Now, this whole idea is ludicrous and reeks of elitism! There is absolutely no way to justify this, whatsoever! I say revolution because our elected representatives are not listening to us. It’s not hard. Read the newspapers, watch the protests in New Brunswick and Cornwall, look at a lack of minority English rights in Quebec through various Bills, check up on the FLSA/OLA in Ontario, examine the Russel Township bilingual sign ruling. Any neutral politician worth his/her weight would take a look and say, “Wow, the people don’t really want these things to happen.” Unfortunately for both us and them, (politicians) they’re not listening. But I think something more sinister is going on here. It has to be! The evidence is pointing in this direction. There is a constant, organized and well-led attempt at the takeover of Canada by pushers of a French language agenda who wish to turn our country into a sort of caste system reminiscent of India.
The above is one direction this problem can go. There is one other though, more peaceful way. We need to stress to the United Nations what is happening in Canada at the moment. I think an independently led panel of International Human Rights lawyers/judges needs to examine how fair some of our laws are and if they’re deemed not to be fair for all Canadians, then something needs to change. This should be done at both the provincial and federal level and laws need to be heavily revised or revoked altogether if deemed necessary to do so.
With Kindest Regards,
Cory Cameron –
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