Critical Review_Ideological Limits of Linguistic Diversity in Canada

Critical Review_Ideological Limits of Linguistic Diversity in Canada

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C R I T I CA L   R E V I E W THE IDEOLOGICAL LIMITS OF LINGUISTIC DIVERSITY IN  CANADA Livingstone Kim 995544736 Prof. Colantoni HUM199Y1 22 October 2007
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This article, The Ideological Limits of Linguistic Diversity in Canada , discusses the imb alances of the official languages of Canada, English and French in the official languages data produced by Statistics Canada. It suggests a more practical approach in the application of offi cial languages data to readjust these imbalances. The intent of the article is to change languag e planning and policy-making to promote the unity of Canada as a bilingual nation. Thus, this article is intended for linguistic groups and those involved in language planning and policy-m aking in Canada. The article begins by stressing the importance of keeping our linguistic diversity. Howe ver, being part of a linguistic majority is more convenient whether the convenience is from an economical, a social, or political standpoint. In Canada, the two language majorities are Engli sh and French. In the government’s interests, the concept of two official languages was the key to uniting Canadians and Quebeckers in a bilingual nation. In 1982 the Charter of Rights and Freedoms gave English and French its constitutional rights, however, there was still a great imbalance between the two official languages. The Next Act in 2003 was the government’s response to this deficiency but the plan was not clear and it did not show how the government would assess the plan’s progress. The government instead should build a better French foundation, rather then convincing Canadians about the bilingual nature of the
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