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the simple fact of the matter is that the Armed Forces have a difficult time recruiting enough manpower now......no further restrictions are necessary, and they would be extremely counter-productive.
Colpy you are right, now is not the time to impose conditions that may hurt the recruitment.
It is a requirement now if you wish to get above the rank of corporal,unless of course you only speak french and then it does not matter.
Mabye have the languages the military needs us to learn available to high school students?
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March 14, 2009
What is it about Canadians that we bend over backwards so eagerly for the French? The fact that Quebec has done its damnest to promote the French language & culture at the expense of the English-speakers; the fact that they have been allowed to institute linguistic policies that have cleansed at least half a million English-speakers from Quebec; the fact that the policy of Official Bilingualism has effectively worked as an affirmative action hiring policy for the French so that right across Canada, all senior positions are held by Francophones or Francophiles; the fact that Equalization payments has transferred more of our wealth to Quebec than they deserve; the fact that they are given more public funding for all sorts of reason than any other group, & on & on. They are given first dibs at jobs, they are treated with so much deference and respect – and for what? The reasons given are varied; the French language is a dying language and it is our duty to keep it alive, the French were mistreated by the English in the early days of the settlement of this country and now we have to pay retribution & compensation??!! Enough already!!
When do we get off our knees and stop apologizing because the English-speakers were stupid enough to allow Trudeau and his Liberal friends to bamboozle us with so many lies? How did the French get so powerful that nobody dares to tell them that they’ve already had more than their share of government jobs and political power? Did their power come from the Constitution which treats them as a group to be protected, promoted & preserved? Does it make sense when this kind of protection elevates them above the rest of us, effectively making them 1st class citizens and the rest of us 2nd & 3rd class?
What have they done to deserve the kind of attention paid to them by Mayor O’Brien in Ottawa and all the other mayors of all the cities where the French have used their access to public funds to give themselves a powerful voice. Is this the fault of the majority English-speakers who are ignored because they have no public voice, funded by the generous taxpayers? Is this the fault of English-speakers who are not willing to support any politician who is willing to come forward and stand as our leader? Is this the fault of English-speakers who have lost faith in the political system & lost faith in all political parties because none of them are willing to fight for us? Instead of getting together to fight as a group, most of us are quite content to walk away and give up!! How many of us even write to the politicians anymore? Are our children's future not worth fighting for? In politics, number counts. In politics, the amount of noise made in protest counts!! English-speakers are too complacent and unwilling to fight so they are ignored by all political parties. In Quebec, English-speakers are rendered “invisible” because they are the minority; in the Rest (Most) of Canada, the English-speaking majority are rendered just as “invisible” because they are not willing to fight back. Conclusion - we deserve what we get.