Conservative MP for Oak Ridges-Markham, Ontario
It has come to our attention that you have successfully faced down the disrespectful demands of an ex-Separatist - Nycole Turmel:
It is indeed the height of impudence that a person who has worked so hard to break up this country dares to challenge an MP of your standing who has consistently worked to keep this country together, despite some very heinous attempts on the part of these traitors to do their utmost to cause disunity. Their behaviour has been totally outrageous and intolerable and the fact that we continue to tolerate them shows the extent of our patience. This patience is wearing thin now as more Canadians are ready to turn their backs on them.
The social media, as portrayed by the link below, is more outspoken than the MSM and it shows that more Canadians are aware that Quebec & the failed policy of the Official Languages Act is getting more people upset because it is being used by the French-language zealots to cause more disunity than ever before in the history of Canada:
I’m quite sure that you’ve heard from many Canadians about your very strong stand as regards speaking in English, the language in which you are more comfortable. This is the majority language of Canada, spoken & understood by most Canadians, even those who pretend that they don’t speak it so as to force their own language on others.
Below the letters that have been sent to us about your stand, I have attached statistical proof that English/French bilingualism is on a steady decline as other languages become more prominent. Read the article written by Tristin Hopper in the National Post, May 29, 2013.
Parliamentary secretary for the PM
Please except my thanks for refusing to be bullied by the opposition parties in the commons for not answering a question in French when you don’t feel comfortable using that Language. English is after all, an official language in this nation, and also the working language of 80% of Canada’s population. Translation is always automatic, so what is their problem? I would hardly call the butchering of the English language by Nicole Turmel and Stephane Dion very acceptable. Best they stick to French. English speakers in much of Canada are growing weary of French speaking zealots trying to pick quarrels over language issues at every opportunity. Please keep up your good work Mr. Calandra, your English is excellent and more than sufficient for most Canadians.
You are quite right. When one needs to be clear that what he/she says is precise, correct, and understood, it is prudent to do so in the language one is most comfortable in. Let someone else,more competentin the other language, do the translation if required.
What should be the protocol in the house is a couple of very competent translators, and head sets, not everyone speaking both languages. Isn't that what they do at the U.N. and other worldsummits?
Have you ever heard Angela Merkel speaking English; she is well respected around the world.
It's what you say that matters, not the language you use.
Bilingualism doesn't mean that one has to respond in the same language as the question is asked.
It is merely a courtesy if the respondent is able. If it is important it is better to use the language one is most comfortable in.
It works both ways. Anyone who has travelled the world knows it is possible to communicate in many forms, even with fingers and thumbs to be understood without any animosity or demand that a particular language be used.
As far as language is concerned, French Canadians have the advantage of being a minority in a majority English speaking nation surrounded by Anglophones. It is easy to learn the language - not so the reverse outside of Quebec.
The forcing of French, mandatory bilingualism, is merely a ploy, a means to an end, namely to take control and the power to make Canada a French-speaking country.
Already there are countries that think Canada is French, simply because it is the first greeting in many of the embassies around the world. What could be more suggestive and misleading than our Prime Minister addressing the Americans in French in front of the White House. Deplorable and disrespectful!!
Now if only he would learn Spanish for his U.S. visits, he might be respected by us as well as them!!
Keep up the good fight - you don't have to be a sheepto be a good MP.
Nil carborundum illigitimo.
ATTENTION: Tristin Hopper
Regarding National Post News report:
Tristin, I'm not certain how or where you collected your information from but you are correct in part with your news report (See Below).
French, English bilingualism on the wane; other languages
Driven in part by the arrival of thousands of French-eschewing immigrants, Canadian rates of French-English bilingualism have dropped for the first time since the election of prime minister Pierre Trudeau, according to a Statistics Canada report released Tuesday
This is a fact the majority of Canadians have known for several years, possibly decades. This indicates to the majority of Canadians that in spite of continued French immigrants and Quebec choosing to have one Official Language - French, withthe approval of the Canadian Parliament of the Official Languages Act (1969) creating the policy of Official Bilingualism with these terms:
The Act  provides, among other things,
the policy of Official Bilingualism has proven to be a very costly failure for the majority of Canadian citizens and businesses. Your report also includes a statement by Fred Genesee;
"French is clearly important both nationally and internationally, but it could be that people - especially outside Central and eastern Canada - would be interested in bilingualism but in other languages such as Chinese or Spanish," said Fred Genesee, a bilingualism researcher at McGill university.
Fred, if he is referring to Western Canada, Newfoundland and even a good portion of Ontario is correct.
The report however states:
Between 2001 and 2011, Canada's bilingualism rate dipped to 17.5% from 17.7%.
Although slight, the decline marks the first time Canada's French-English skills have slipped in more than four straight decades of surging bilingual growth.
Notably, the drop comes even as French Immersion enrolment rates are at an all-time high and the overall number of French-English speakers has "never stopped increasing."
It is also not due to any lack of enthusiasm for official French-English biFrench Immersion enrolment rates are at an all-time high and the overall number of French-english speakers has "never stopped increasing
The percentage amounts , if they have included Quebec may be correct. The portion of your report, that states:
"Canada's French-english skills have slipped in more than four straight decades of surging bilingual growth." I believe this is quite true if we are referring to Citizens who are bi-lingual in English and languages other than French. I was before retirement, employed in various Administrative positions in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan, where less than ten per-cent (10.%) of the population are able to speak, read or understand French, but are fluent in English and a second language other than French.
The statement: French Immersion enrolment rates are at an all-time high and the overall number of French-english speakers has "never stopped increasing ; has a simple explanation. French Immersion was a requirement in many schools, in a government effort to enforce Official Bilingualism, but with little success. In a further effort by governments to make Official Bilingualism work, Official Bilingualism of English and French became a required job qualification.
Now about a portion of the statement: It is also not due to any lack of enthusiasm for official French-English bilingualism, I really don't believe the majority of Canadians have any enthusiasm for this policy because the majority of Canadians want to see the abolishment of Official Bilingualism, that is a government enforced policy that has for over forty years increased the expenses to all our governments and businesses by hundreds of billions of dollars with no benefits.
Thank you for preparing this news report. I will be sending this e-mail and your report to MP's and friends.
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