Email causing the fall of bilingualism

Either Canada’s francophones are forgetting how to speak English or some weren’t entirely truthful when filling out their census forms.Statistics Canada suspects the latter is to blame as it searched for an explanation Tuesday for new census data that shows declining bilingualism rates among Canadians whose mother tongue is French.

Some 83.6 per cent of francophones living outside Quebec reported being French-English bilingual in 2006, down from 85.1 per cent five years earlier. (story)

The downward trend presents a mystery of sorts, but one for which Statistics Canada sleuths are offering up a “plausible explanation.”

It seems an anonymous e-mail may have soured the results.

One month before census enumerators hit the streets in April 2006, a cyber missive was launched onto the Internet bidding francophones to deny their ability to communicate in English.

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1 Response to “Email causing the fall of bilingualism”


  1. 1 Cebon February 25, 2008 at 7:55 am

    You find it difficult to believe people are fed up with forced learning of a language of a people you have no use for and don’t expect to?


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