'If any candidate requires interpretation, it is almost an insurmountable handicap.'
Languages Commissioner Graham Fraser sits in his office in front of framed political cartoons, mostly of him. He keeps them there as a reminder that 'this was an issue that Canadians could laugh about.' The Hill Times photograph by Chelsea Nash
It’s crucial for both judges on the Supreme Court and political party leaders in Canada to know both French and English, says Canada’s official languages commissioner.
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'The government has heard Canadians’ concerns that the world is increasingly uncertain, and that the economy is changing,' the Throne Speech read. 'And in this context, regional needs and differences really matter.'
But a Conservative source is decrying public criticism of Andrew Scheer's leadership, saying it will only create the kind of schisms that will set the party back and that former leader Stephen Harper worked to avoid.