'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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CSC says the external reviewers act as a ‘key safeguard’ to the new ‘structured intervention unit' approach, but the researchers say it's precisely that ‘legitimacy’ the oversight lends that makes its failure a problem.
Pressure is mounting on the Canadian government to back the waiver as it has received support from the U.S. and more than 30 Liberal MPs are calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to champion the initiative.