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Should bilingualism be mandatory in Canada?
Bilingualism should be mandatory for Canadian citizens.
Mandatory bilingualism prevents English from becoming the de facto national language, and therefore protects other minority languages apart from French from being marginalised.
Bilingualism is a huge international advantage. Not having it places Canada at a disadvantage to its European counterparts.
Countries where everyone understands the same language(s) have been shown to be more
and efficient in general. So assuming mandatory bilingualism is implemented well, it should improve the prosperity of Canada.
Mandatory bilingualism would broaden the cultural knowledge of all citizens; they would feel more a part of a unified Canada.
Already in government positions people are chosen on bilingualism over merit, leading to less competent candidates and an overrepresentation of Quebec in bureaucracy.
Canada is a large country, and forcing bilingualism in the provinces further from the French hubs will be difficult.
No citizen of a free nation should be forced to adopt any language they don't wish to learn.
Mandatory bilingualism would severely increase the difficulty of attaining citizenship.
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