Graham Frasier, our federal official languages Commissioner has teamed up with Ontario’s French language Commissioner, Francois Boileau to”maximize support of their respective citizens and francophone communities”. By allowing “both agencies to share information about their investigations” to “facilitate collaboration” and “promote and study the linguistic obligations” all sounds very nice but was it tested by Ethics Canada rules or reviewed for confidentiality concerns at least?
Do you believe there are undercurrents and agenda’s designed to increase French beyond what is truly needed? Federally we see hundreds of millions of dollars going to (mostly French) language rights groups. Changes upcoming from the Ontario French Language Services Bench & Bar advisory committee report, Ontario’s new immigration strategy, and the Court of Appeal agreeing even, that store owners signage rights are infringed but that matters less than the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, as our minorities take precedence. A part of Ottawa’s Vanier ward became officially the French Quarter and no English papers reported it recently, and for over a year a group has been meeting to make Ottawa officially bilingual, also not in English papers, but all together with various language groups’ roadmaps in play, should altogether give one pause to reflect. (Ottawa has 522,980 English only speakers by the way; it is not a bilingual city.) http://www.attorneygeneral.
Provide services in French where warranted, but let’s make “where warranted” a part of the law. Provide services in French where needed, but let’s determine “where needed” really means in law using unbiased assessment criteria. Provide services in French but let’s add “language” to the Canadian Human Rights Act. Provide services in French but stop assessing more and more jobs bilingual imperative. Provide services in French but stop building or using separate buildings, staffing and resources unless absolutely necessary. Provide services in French but not every employee and manger needs multiple languages in Ontario.
The recent census lists Ontario as having over 97% of the population able to speak English, and the Auditor reports we still have an economic slowdown, high debt / deficit and are continuing value for money audits. When will the Auditor perform a value for money audit on Francophone Affairs, FLSA Commissioner’s Office, FLSA guaranteed funding to “certain” institutions and Ontario Trillium Funding as parts of Ontario’s 120 billion dollar spending plans? Maybe if money and resources were saved for or reallocated, Aboriginal living and learning conditions could be improved, or have less reason for hospitals to fund-raise or the big no no, reduce taxes.
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