If the answer to this question is still yes, then a results-based official languages policy must be implemented. This is what I said to you six years ago, and I still believe it to be true. The government must continue to make choices and take actions that will:
allow Canadians to obtain services in both official languages;
allow public servants to work in the official language of their choice;
allow official language communities to fully contribute to Canadian society;
allow people in every part of the country to learn Canada’s two official languages.
Commissioner of Official Languages
I think the answer can be yes and yes, but not with all those conditions. We have already lost the ability of government to make choices to the Supreme Court of Canada with several recent Charter cases. We have already lost Government to this continued and hurried focus on making Canada linguistically dual. Have we lost the people with common sense to demand common sense as well?
Even though hundreds of millions of dollars are spent from these road maps alone, this one from 2008-2013 for example, the actual number of bilingual persons over the decades remains in the 17% area. How many billions of dollars will be removed from health care, education or seniors programs before people realize Canada will not be anywhere near linguistically dual?
Allowing public servants to work in the language of their choice, and by default, managers, means we have lost sight of actually providing service to the taxpayer. That is a reason for government is it not? I have no issue with allowing people to learn two or more languages, as long as it is cost effective and the individual is not forced to. An actual bricks and mortar facility, whether for a separate hospital or education, should not be the instant response like the Yukon Court decision (15 million dollar school for 41 people in 2011). Use of technology, actual need and a slight change to some hiring should be the first considerations.
Budget 2013 page 233
Renewing the Roadmap for Canada’s Official Languages for 2013–2018.
Economic Action Plan 2013 proposes continued support for the Government’s new
Roadmap for Canada’s Official Languages (2013–2018).
Canada’s two official languages are an integral part of our country’s history
and culture as well as our identity as a nation. The Government is committed
to supporting official languages through its new Roadmap for Canada’s
Official Languages (2013–2018). The new Roadmap represents an ongoing
commitment to enhance the vitality of Canada’s official language minority
communities and contribute to a strengthened linguistic duality. The new
Roadmap also emphasizes the importance and benefits accruing from our
two official languages to national identity and promotes that immigrants
master at least one official language to continue to contribute to Canada’s
development and prosperity.
(Comments and opinions of Editorials, Letters to the Editor, and comments from readers are purely their own and don’t necessarily reflect those of the owners of this site, their staff, or sponsors.)