Please note. this thread discusses second-language acquisition policy and so might be offensive to some. Those who are easily offended are advised to leave this section. Reader discretion is advised
According to Statistics Canada in 2006 (http://www40.statcan.gc.ca/l01/cst01/demo15-eng.htm), only 15% of Canadians knew both official languages, and some (especially in Nunavut), knew neither! Considering that this low rate of success makes the majority of Canadians dependent on interpretors and translators across Canada, which simply duplicates government services (i.e. bilingual education so that people won't need bilingual services and bilingual services owing to a failure to learn both official languages), as well as restrict people's equal access to the nation's economic resources even with bilingual services (such as is the case with those Nunavummiut who know neither language), how do you think we can raise the rate of success in bilingual education in Canada from the current 15%, as well as make sure that all Canadians, including those in the North, know at lest one of the official languages? Or do you see this as a problem at all?
I don't mean to offend anyone by these questions. I'm just curious to know what you honestly think. For example, is a 15% rate of success acceptable? Is it acceptable to have Canadians know neither official language and not provide services for them when they travel across Canada? What are your thoughts? I couldn't care less what you believe; as long as you are respectful, I'll respect any idea you have.