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Old 06-28-2013, 02:11 PM
pdw
 
Location: Ontario, Canada
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I don't know where you got that impression from what I wrote. I have no problem with people choosing to speak French before English if they wish to. In fact, if that makes them happy, I encourage it. I do, however, have a problem with people expecting it in a bilingual city like Montreal.
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Old 06-29-2013, 05:37 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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I don't know where you got that impression from what I wrote. I have no problem with people choosing to speak French before English if they wish to. In fact, if that makes them happy, I encourage it.

I was referring to what Bowser (or is it Blue?) was implying with his song.

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I do, however, have a problem with people expecting it in a bilingual city like Montreal.
Yes, we are already familiar with your anglo-franco two-for-one or three-for-one weighting.
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Old 06-29-2013, 10:56 AM
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Location: Ontario, Canada
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So you're saying Canada is not bilingual? OK, then. You should start a petition so the anglicisation process can commence.
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Old 06-29-2013, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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So you're saying Canada is not bilingual? OK, then. You should start a petition so the anglicisation process can commence.
Where did I say that? We are talking about provincial governments, not the federal government!
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Old 06-29-2013, 11:32 AM
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Location: Ontario, Canada
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I'm calling you out on your double standard. If anglophones are expected to speak French before English because they don't form a majority in Quebec, then using your logic you should expect francophones to speak English before French because they don't form a majority in Canada. Bottom line: language minorities, both in Canada, and Quebec, deserve the right to have their language recognised as equal by their governments, and don't deserve to be bullied into assimilating into the major language.
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Old 07-01-2013, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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French is dying in Manitoba, right?
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Old 07-01-2013, 08:55 AM
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Location: Ontario, Canada
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French is dying in Manitoba, right?
Yes, but the government of Manitoba is at least making an effort to keep it alive. The government of Quebec on the other hand wants the English minority to die.
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Old 07-02-2013, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Yes, but the government of Manitoba is at least making an effort to keep it alive. The government of Quebec on the other hand wants the English minority to die.
It's easy to prop up French a bit in Manitoba when it's already moribund - precisely due to the efforts of the same provincial government over the period between 1870 and the 1980s.
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Old 07-02-2013, 09:07 AM
 
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So you're saying Canada is not bilingual? OK, then. You should start a petition so the anglicisation process can commence.
Canada ISNT bi-lingual...how many people in this country speak both languages??...very small percentage.
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Old 07-02-2013, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Canada ISNT bi-lingual...how many people in this country speak both languages??...very small percentage.
I think it's around 17%.
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