Language police in Ottawa

Canada has an Office of the Commissioner for Official Languages, which to me is just a waste of money and example of bureaucratic nonsense.

Looking for things to do, the our language Commissar has decided to hire investigators who will pretend to be shoppers, to determine if shopkeepers in Ottawa provide service in French. This caused a bit of scandal. Here our Commissar defends his position.

English Canadians do not learn much French in school, despite all the hand wringing and appeals to national duty. English speaking students are not very interested in French to start with, and the way the language is taught does not make them any more interested. Maybe that is something that needs to be looked at, rather than how many shopkeepers in Ottawa speak French.

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