Monday, May 03, 2010

New private members bill a logical extension of the bilingual SC bill

My sources in Ottawa have alerted me to a new private members bill which may be introduced some time in the next few weeks.

The subject: our Olympic athletes.

The proposed private members bill appears to be a logical extension of another recent private members bill, C-232, which requires supreme court justices to be fully bilingual. A bill fully supported by all of the opposition parties.

The new bill proposes that only fully bilingual athletes be allowed to represent Canada on the world stage.

An anonymous comment from the leader of a major party on the proposed bill :"There's a French fact in Canada, which is important. It's not the case that French isn't a part of the sports heritage, just look at the French terms in sports. Grand Prix, Dressage, Derailleur, and the sport of the common people, fencing, is full of French terms such as engarde, Coupé, Sabre and many more." adding "You want to get on the Olympic team? You might want to study a little French."

Sydney Crosby was unavailable for comment.


Anonymous said...

Want to solve the 'Quebec problem'? Just insist that all front line soldiers (not just the brass) have to be bilingual.

Bert said...

This better be fake.
How many atheletes who won medals could speak french ?.

Jeff said...

Michael Ignatieff, blog fodder. He continues to stay, we continue to laugh. Is this what they mean with the phrase "win-win situation"?

Ardvark said...

Bert, I thought the same thing about Bill C-232 but that, unfortunately turned out to be very real. ;)

Ardvark said...

The latest Angus Reid Poll and some Q1 fundraising results can be found here.

jad said...

Bert, Actually a surprising number of athletes who won medals are bilingual to some degree. I suspect it may be a condition of their elite status funding as they are seen as spokespersons for their sports and for their sponsors.

Case in point - Clara Hughes, who noted that she had been working very hard on her French, although she clearly was still not too comfortable.