Should Official Bilingualism Come To Civic Ottawa? Vote


The question of civic bilingualism has reared its head in Ottawa again.

This issue will certainly be controversial and maybe divisive.

So what do you think. Here’s a chance to vote and express your opinion in the comment box below:


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12 thoughts on “Should Official Bilingualism Come To Civic Ottawa? Vote

  1. The challenge is coming to an agreement on what official bilingualism for the City of Ottawa would entail. If it is just a symbolic gesture, a codification of what already exists, will it meet the needs/wants of the vocal minority who jeered Mayor Jim Watson at a recent event? Will it mean having to provide non-essential services, such as recreational programming, where numbers don’t support it?

    In short the concept is honourable, but the implementation could be disastrous.

  2. I believe the City of Ottawa is already officially bilingual. You can’t get a job and work for the city unless you speak both French and English languages, the city signs are in both languages. What else needs to be done and how much more money needs to be spent?

  3. Just goes to show me that no matter how long I live I will never see that time when people stop fearing and fretting over what the other guy has or wants or might get.
    The ” for every right I give I lose ” attitude sucks.

  4. Ken,

    I have been searching through my old journals to find the date and content of the speech that preceded my talk with Mr. Levesque about Quebec’s aspirations. I found what I was looking for. I could not believe it was way back in 1980. Then I wondered if, in this age of Internet, I could find the speech.

    While the speech is far wider in scope than the topic of making the capital city officially bilingual, it is none the less a place that encouraged me to speak with Mr. Levesque following his talk. I walked away with a deeper appreciation of the issues and a deeper appreciation of my fellow Canadians. I will leave one piece of the speech as a teaser.

    “… a chance to aim at the kind of understanding that is nurtured between equals. That is the only foundation for real friendship.”

    1. Chaz:

      Could you give us more background on this speech and your part in it? It is just left hanging.

      Also if you want to put links in your comments, put in the correct URL in your comment, it will automatically hot-key.

      If you don’t know what a URL is as you have said, Google it. If you can find Levesque’s speech in 1980, you can find out what a URL is and hot-keying is. It’s dead easy.



        1. P.S.
          The background was that separation was a hot topic and Mr. Levesque was invited to speak. I was merely a listener and Mr. Levesque was gracious enough to let me bend his ear.

    1. No Robert it’s not because Watson is against it.

      It’s because I have a number of French Canadian friends and they are unhappy now because of Ottawa unilingualism.

      They are good people and they deserve to have their culture heard as much as mine.

      I don’t know whether you are serious or just being provocative for the sake of being provocative.




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