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Letter From Canada

When Canada's federal government committed the country to two official languages, it set the scene for the social revolution that has since been foisted upon the Canadian majority.

That was in 1969, when Pierre Trudeau's Official Languages Act declared English and French to be the official languages of Canada, possessing and enjoying "equality of status in all the institutions of the Parliament and Government of Canada." Twenty-five percent of federal government jobs were designated "bilingual" in proportion to Quebec's share of the population, and "bilingualism" became the criterion for employment in ever-widening circles of government and government-related activity throughout the whole country. However, official bilingualism was not about language; it was about political power.

The legislation discriminates against every Canadian who doesn't happen to live in Quebec or near its borders with Ontario and New Brunswick. Canadians who live in or near Quebec, in French-speaking societies but also within sight and earshot of English television and radio, and with daily opportunities to acquire fluency in English as well as in French, have a tremendous advantage over Canadians everywhere else who have no occasion to use French in their daily lives, rarely meet a French-speaking person and, even if they take French immersion courses, still have no chance to practice French and thus...

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