An Uncomfortable Truth: Why Official Bilingualism was Wrong for Canada

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An Uncomfortable Truth: Why Official Bilingualism was Wrong for Canada
The United States is well known for opposing the notion of a bilingual or multilingual nation; it is literally carved in the DNA of the American nation. Indeed, many American officials are on record as objecting that more than one language leads to a weak, confused state. With that in mind, it begs the question of whether or not Canada’s policy of official bilingualism has led to a “weak, confused state” or has, instead, led to a nation that is stronger, more unified and more content, than ever before. Supporters of official bilingualism argue that it unifies Canada around the English-French dualism at its core (though such supporters conveniently overlook the fact that...
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