Because we have this joke hanging around.Kathryn Blaze Carlson, National Post · Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010In its 40 years of existence, official bilingualism in Canada has been conferred a sort of religious mystique — heralded as a unifying force, accepted as an untouchable sacred cow, and decried a decade ago by the current prime minister as the “god that failed.” And yet, for a policy that riles nationalist sentiment — and for a policy that costs the federal government upward of $1.8-billion annually, according to a Fraser Institute report — official bilingualism is the elephant in Parliamentary closet: Few federal politicians have dared to tread these dangerous waters, which over the decades have sunk or silenced those who challenge Canada’s linguistic duality or the way it is implemented.Nevertheless, there are those who now ask: Is it time for a frank conversation on bilingualism in Canada, where 40% of federal public-service positions require knowledge of both official languages? Is it time for Canadians, whose rate of bilingualism has hovered at roughly 17% for years, to take a hard look at the way the government administers language policy from sea to sea to sea? Is it time to examine the $1.8-billion annual bill to see what, exactly, those taxpayer dollars glean — especially at a time when one in five Canadians are foreign-born, and are likely to speak a number of other international languages?Read more: http://www.nationalpost.com/news/sacred+bilingualism/3960246/story.html#ixzz17tqGSJG9
yes let all speak French ....no more English what ever ban English from everywhere ..if that is what you want you will get it ....that way we will save billions by not having to trade with the US and save more without having to translate everything from French to English ...God save the French
ah yea they should fly the Canadian flag not the English one we are in Canada
And who made Canada? Comic book readers?Few Scots came to Quebec (then New France) before the Seven Years War. Those who did blended in with the French population. Perhaps the first Scot to settle was Abraham Martin dit l'Écossois, who by 1800 had 7765 married descendants among the French-speaking population.In 1763, the French population of Quebec was approximately 55,000 when France handed it over to Great Britain under the terms of the Treaty of Paris (1763) that ended the French and Indian War.By the beginning of the 19th century, the Quebec population was expanding slowly as immigration began from Great Britain. Impoverished Scottish immigrants, many the victim of the Highland and Lowland Clearances, saw unlimited opportunity in this huge forested land. The bond between Scotland and France, however, also extended to numerous other areas such as the Gens d’Armes Ecossais (Scots Men-At-Arms) who guarded the kings of France for nearly three hundred years. Today in France there are many descendants of these Scots who have lived there for centuries. They carry names such as Campbell and MacDonald, the most famous of the latter being Étienne Macdonald, Marshal of France. SettlingSome of these Scottish immigrants settled in Quebec City but many with an entrepreneurial drive kept moving west to Montreal which at the time was little more than a small port town on the St. Lawrence River. By far the majority of the Scots arrived in Quebec with little more than the shirt on their back. John Redpath, who had only enough money for ships passage to Quebec City, walked all the way to Montreal.Noted for their willingness to help fellow Scots succeed in the new world, they are also remembered for giving back to the country that had provided them with the opportunity to prosper. Scots established and funded numerous Montreal institutions such as McGill University, the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec and the Royal Victoria Hospital.
so let all be Scottish and speak their language it better than being English show offs
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