02 November 2012

Don Macpherson: French in decline? The census doesn’t back that

When Statistics Canada published its report on the language data from the 2011 census last week, it was widely reported in Quebec that the data showed a decline of French in the province.
The reports were seized upon by members of the new Parti Québécois government as evidence of a need for the “new Bill 101” that their party had promised to introduce. In her session opening speech in the National Assembly on Wednesday, Premier Pauline Marois referred to the data as pointing to “a loss in the place of French.”
The problem is that, concerning any change in the status of French in Quebec, the Statistics Canada report doesn’t really prove anything.

Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/Macpherson+French+decline+census+doesn+back+that/7490060/story.html#ixzz2B6dQNpRR

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