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Graham Fraser: Public servants are proud of bilingualism

Columnist Kelly Egan’s comments on the federal approach to official languages calls for a response.

Egan thinks offering services to the public in both languages is a “fine idea in theory,” but finds it excessive for somebody to check whether the government lives up to its obligations and for citizens to be able to file complaints when they think their rights are being violated or even (yes, the horror!) go to court when an organization fails to correct the situation after multiple infractions. 493 more words

Politics

Treasury Board President Tony Clement vows to quit Twitter if language police try to 'overlord' him

An investigation by the official languages commissioner into Foreign Minister John Baird’s use of Twitter has some politicians chirping with frustration, including tweeting machine minister Tony Clement, who vows to quit Twitter if he’s ever strong-armed by the commissioner. 420 more words

Canada

Language watchdog’s probe of Baird's Twitter account bird-brained, some suggest

An investigation by the official languages commissioner into Foreign Minister John Baird’s use of Twitter has some politicians chirping with frustration, including tweeting machine minister Tony Clement, who vows to quit Twitter if he’s ever strong-armed by the commissioner. 655 more words

National

Jonathan Kay: Investigating bilingualism on Twitter — your tax dollars at work

How do you undermine Canadian bilingualism in 140 characters or fewer?

For Treasury Board President Tony Clement, it goes like this: “I’ve had like 5 different people stop me and ask me for directions today in Québec. 836 more words

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