This year, Canada is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Official Languages Act. But as we mark this milestone, our official languages are embattled in various regions of the country. Voices are once again challenging the cost of bilingualism.
After years and years of violations and lax implementation of the Official Languages Act, after decades of a lack of political will to ensure the Act is fully respected, Canada once again faces language crises.
Ironically, this is taking place in a context where a vast majority of Canadians believe in the value of our two official languages and understand that our two official languages represent an important economic asset for Canada. In a recent survey, 68 percent of millennial Canadians say they want governments to provide more opportunities for them to learn their second official language.
Enough is enough.
It’s time to send our politicians a strong message.
During this election campaign, let’s demand that candidates and parties stand up
clearly and firmly for two official languages of equal status.
Let’s demand that they commit to action to stop the erosion of our two official languages
and ensure that their equality is respected.
Let’s demand that they commit to voting into law a new and modernized
Official Languages Act designed for the Canada of 2020
and tooled to ensure that our two official languages are fully respected.