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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