Don't you put words in my mouth.....
What I'm saying is that you're a language snob, that anyone in your presence should speak your language...
My first language being french, I have met many such people in my lifetime, enough to recognise the subtle and sometimes not so subtle inuendos and then... the defensiveness that comes out when confronted.
While I can agree with requiring them to KNOW English, I take issue with requiring them to speak it. If people around me are spealking in another language, whether English, French, mandarin or Ojibwe, that's entirely their business. The reason they should be expectyed to know the official languages is to ensure they can function in an official capacity (such as in reading their ballot, communicating to the police, paramedics, in court, on a jury, etc). What goes on outside official contexts is each person's business. I'll have sex in the language of my choice, thank you very much.
It can be a matter of scale, when we start to hear many foreign languages around us, then something might be amiss. But when does a little bit become too much? Maybe these days as ethnic enclaves proliferate and assimilation/integration of immigrants slows down to create the homegrownToronto 18.
As long as people can speak to govt officials, everything is okay? No. What are we, just ciphers? Speaking English is more than a legalistic, governmental issue. It involves the public, you know, the people. You might want to come down from your ivory tower for a bit and meet some real people. Who do not worry about living their life in an official capacity so they can function properly with govt employees. Try not to be so standoffish.
Canada had a language, English, used in the country even before the govt made it official. How could that be?
TV has been the ruination of our civilization. Rots the soul as well as the mind.
I'm sure that if you want to learn a second language there are some free on line courses available.
When I started a business a few years ago, I went to downtown Vancouver and the man at the counter of the govt business centre was from China and could not speak proper English to me. I was wasting time and money and pissed off. The govt is sometimes goes too far to accomodate non-English speakers. I think it makes the govt feel "global". Which is done at the public's expense. It is so much BS.
Well, in my experience and observation, first generation immigrants may have trouble with their English but second generation speak English as well as anyone. I work with a very multicultural group and there certainly is not any language barriers.