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  • morri

    I think official bilingualism falls under the category of stupidity.

    • MaggiesBear

      I agree.

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  • Gerry

    The more ividious outcome is that all meaningful positions in Ottawa federal departments require bilingualism as a basic prerequisite for employment. This guarantees privileged access to the levers of federal power to a small section of Canada. I would be happy to repeal the law, get rid of busybodies and open up federal employment in Ottawa and elsewhere to qualifications thar really matter.

    • MaggiesBear

      There are so many legislative impediments to hiring in the civil service that centre around things like language, ethnicity and gender that merit has almost been lost in the shuffle. I say almost because there are more highly qualified professionals in the civil service than we sometimes credit and they are as frustrated by all of this as the rest of us. Like us — they’re taxpayers and hate seeing their tax money squandered.

  • Gramma Barb

    I would give a high five to Mr. Harper if he sent a memo to this department with the message to vacate as of January 1, 2015 ! End of story and another idiot would be down the road….Canada is overloaded with them and it has proven far too costly to maintain. By the grace of a higher power, perhaps Mr. Fraser would be reading this…..

    • MaggiesBear

      Stephen Harper has had the opportunity — almost nine years of opportunity to do something about it but just as with Senate Reform, abortion and others, he has shown a considerable lack of political courage to take action.

      • morri

        the trough is so wide and so deep it is difficult to get one’s snout out of it once given the opportunity to partake. that is what is necessary to have courage and take action, giving up their place at the trough.

        • MaggiesBear

          I agree. It’s called character and character is built on principle and the consistent application of a core set of values. Politicians choose privilege and expediency over living up to their values. We are in far more trouble in the west than many want to acknowledge.

      • Gramma Barb

        given what has transpired all over the world……as of late…..I believe there is a great number of ‘leaders’ that lack a strong backbone and/or courage to take action on many issues … the world is becoming mush…Putin seems to be the only ‘leader’ wheeling the stick……OMG…….and I shiver at the thought of where we are headed!

        • MaggiesBear

          You and me both Barb

  • http://environeta.ca Wayne

    Great Rant!! Yes, half a century of trying to please the French by pretending that half of us want to learn a new language while they spit on ours has done a lot to bring the country together.

    • MaggiesBear

      Don’t blame the French. They never asked for or wanted Official Bilingualism. This was purely a federal government initiative originally tabled by the Liberals in an attempt to set aside language division in this country. It didn’t work and it’s time to acknowledge that and get on with some serious changes.