‘Bilingualism Is Bad Politics’

“…The ‘de facto’ rule that any person seeking the leadership of a Canadian political party — and thus the prime ministership — must be fluent in English and French is proving a particularly visible glass ceiling… Some rare but useful public pushback on the role of bilingualism in Canadian politics has been the result. 

“The conservative publisher Ken Whyte wrote a masterful and much-shared essay in the ‘Globe and Mail’ {See below}…coolly debunking the conventional wisdom that speaking French provides an invaluable electoral edge to any would-be prime minister. What actually matters, Whyte noted, is whether the candidate is from Quebec.  Continue reading “‘Bilingualism Is Bad Politics’”