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Old 11-30-2023, 01:40 PM
 
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And what's up with Americans thinking we all speak French?
Isn't Canada officially a bilingual country? I believe it was done to to improve federal-provincial relations. They don't want French speaking Quebec to secede. In a lot of places in Quebec it can be hard to find people who know English. And my French is le chat est petit.
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Old 11-30-2023, 02:00 PM
 
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Isn't Canada officially a bilingual country? I believe it was done to to improve federal-provincial relations. They don't want French speaking Quebec to secede. In a lot of places in Quebec it can be hard to find people who know English. And my French is le chat est petit.
https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-he...ages-act.html#
1867: The Constitution Act recognizes the use of two languages, English and French, in Parliament and before the federal courts. However, the concept of “official languages” is still not in use.

1962: The Royal Commission on Government Organization recommends that the government provide its services in English and French.

1963: The Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism is established with a mandate to recommend steps to develop the country on the principle of equality between English and French.

1967: The Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism recommends to the Government of Canada that English and French be declared the official languages of Canada.

1969: The first federal Official Languages Act is adopted, and it declares English and French to be the two official languages of Canada.

Etc.
I’ve always been surprised that the U.S. has no official language.
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Old 11-30-2023, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Don’t you have to be bilingual to be a political leader in Quebec?
No, but in practice most are to some degree.

François Legault is not that great in English, even if he is from the western part of Montreal and a former self-made business executive. (He founded an airline.)

In 2018 the Quebec party leaders had an election debate in English for the first (and so far, last) time.

This should give you an idea.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AmiPzP0U0E
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Old 11-30-2023, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Here is the last Canadian *federal* leaders debate - in French. With a majority of participants who aren't native speakers of French, nor from Quebec.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKpwFP6HACw
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Old 11-30-2023, 02:39 PM
 
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I’ve always been surprised that the U.S. has no official language.
That would open a can of worms. If English were made the official language, people would instantly start complaining (more than they already do) about all the services which are offered in, e.g. Spanish. There would be even more open hostility towards the millions of people who speak other languages than there already is.

There would also be a clamor for Spanish to be added as co-official (about 1/8 of Americans are native Spanish speakers). If successful, that would mean all official publications, product packaging, etc. would have to be altered to include both languages, as it is in Canada, and so on, with the associated hassle and expense.

We don't need any of that; have enough problems already.
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Old 11-30-2023, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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The US already has an official language: English.

It just doesn't say it out loud.
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Old 11-30-2023, 05:02 PM
 
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Another language spat in Parliament.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HOt1g5SmNs
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Old 11-30-2023, 05:22 PM
 
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Another language spat in Parliament.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HOt1g5SmNs
Lol @ spat.

The main thing I noticed is Hedy Fry (Chair) wearing the cheapest face mask possible and therefore needing to constantly adjust it when she spoke.

Ummmmm excuse me, I'm pretty sure our gov't has spent a jillion $$$ on proper PPE?

The jist of the little argument is that the Alberta PC candidate asked the Minister to reply in English to her? Why is this such a big deal? He can speak both fluently can't he?
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Old 11-30-2023, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Pascale St-Onge is a she.
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Old 11-30-2023, 07:47 PM
 
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The jist of the little argument is that the Alberta PC candidate asked the Minister to reply in English to her? Why is this such a big deal? He can speak both fluently can't he?
Yes she can.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnLp9Zt4RBM
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