TheCatSite.com › Forums › General Forums › IMO: In My Opinion › Canadian debate?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Canadian debate?

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
I wonder when the US will have a debate between its candidates in Spanish, as the Canadians have one in French?
post #2 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post
I wonder when the US will have a debate between its candidates in Spanish, as the Canadians have one in French?
I believe that it will be a very, very long time before we see that happen, because ellos no quieren mostrar a la gente que no puede hablar español
post #3 of 18
I think it will take a while. Canada has been an officially bilingual country for a long time (and to be fair, French people were here before the English).

In the US, there is way too much hostility against Hispanic people for that to happen. Too many people would see a Spanish language debate as a threat to their American identity.
post #4 of 18
It's pretty much part of the job description for a politician running for PM to be bilingual here in Canada.

If a person is bilingual you can get much better paying jobs as well.
post #5 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by marie-p View Post
I think it will take a while. Canada has been an officially bilingual country for a long time (and to be fair, French people were here before the English).

Canada isn't "officially" a bilingual country. Quebec is mainly French speaking and they protect their French language very strongly by insisting signage only be in French and if English is even allowed it must be in much smaller print.

New Brunswick is Canada's only Province that is officially bilingual.

There is a large French contingent in Western Canada as well.
post #6 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by Yosemite View Post
Canada isn't "officially" a bilingual country. Quebec is mainly French speaking and they protect their French language very strongly by insisting signage only be in French and if English is even allowed it must be in much smaller print.

New Brunswick is Canada's only Province that is officially bilingual.

There is a large French contingent in Western Canada as well.
I didn't meant that the whole country was evenly bilingual, but the Canadian government is officially bilingual. Both languages are recognized legally as Canada's official languages.
post #7 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by marie-p View Post
I think it will take a while. Canada has been an officially bilingual country for a long time (and to be fair, French people were here before the English).
This is the part of your quote that I was reading and referred to.
post #8 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by marie-p View Post
I think it will take a while. Canada has been an officially bilingual country for a long time (and to be fair, French people were here before the English).

In the US, there is way too much hostility against Hispanic people for that to happen. Too many people would see a Spanish language debate as a threat to their American identity.
I know I shouldn't comment on this, but the hostility isn't against Hispanic people, it's against people coming into this country illegally. It just happens that most of them are Hispanic. It also seems to me that if you're going to come into a country where there is a common language, you should learn that language, not the the other way around. If I moved to a Spanish speaking country, I wouldn't expect them to cater to me with English.

That said, I've long thought American's should be learning many different languages, just as they do in the rest of the world. I guess it's arrogance to think they should all learn English to communicate with us.

To keep this on topic, debates in Spanish will probably come when we give the illegals the right to vote.
post #9 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post
I wonder when the US will have a debate between its candidates in Spanish, as the Canadians have one in French?
Nope english only.
post #10 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by Misty8723 View Post
I know I shouldn't comment on this, but the hostility isn't against Hispanic people, it's against people coming into this country illegally. It just happens that most of them are Hispanic. It also seems to me that if you're going to come into a country where there is a common language, you should learn that language, not the the other way around. If I moved to a Spanish speaking country, I wouldn't expect them to cater to me with English.

That said, I've long thought American's should be learning many different languages, just as they do in the rest of the world. I guess it's arrogance to think they should all learn English to communicate with us.

To keep this on topic, debates in Spanish will probably come when we give the illegals the right to vote.
Well said!
post #11 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by Misty8723 View Post
It also seems to me that if you're going to come into a country where there is a common language, you should learn that language, not the the other way around. If I moved to a Spanish speaking country, I wouldn't expect them to cater to me with English.

That said, I've long thought American's should be learning many different languages, just as they do in the rest of the world. I guess it's arrogance to think they should all learn English to communicate with us.
If someone wants to immigrate or move to the Province of Quebec they would need to learn French to work and survive. Anywhere else in Canada (with perhaps the exception of Northern New Brunswick), they would need English skills to work and advance in a job. I think for the most part the peoples that immigrate to this country do learn English and many of them much more quickly than we would probably learn their language.

In our situation it just happens that the language of Quebec going back hundreds of years has been French whereas the rest of Canada has been mainly English. So to respect everyone's heritage we have the 2 languages.

I personally think it's great and that everyone should speak at least both those languages.
post #12 of 18
Even if it is not an official language in Ontario, it is much easier to find a job when you speak both and certainly most government jobs require you to be bilingual and provide French courses for those who are not.

But, to the original post, I can't see debates happening in Spanish for some time in the US if at all
post #13 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by Misty8723 View Post
I know I shouldn't comment on this, but the hostility isn't against Hispanic people, it's against people coming into this country illegally. It just happens that most of them are Hispanic. It also seems to me that if you're going to come into a country where there is a common language, you should learn that language, not the the other way around. If I moved to a Spanish speaking country, I wouldn't expect them to cater to me with English.

That said, I've long thought American's should be learning many different languages, just as they do in the rest of the world. I guess it's arrogance to think they should all learn English to communicate with us.

To keep this on topic, debates in Spanish will probably come when we give the illegals the right to vote.




ACORN's trying their best to get all the voters they can.
post #14 of 18
To get back on topic, I don't expect the US would have a debate in any other language than English since English is the only recognized language there. Any immigrants are expected to learn English as well so their mother tongue wouldn't even play into the equation.

Conversely, in Canada Quebec has always been French and peoples working in Quebec are expected to speak French just as peoples working in the US are expected to speak English.

From reading many posts here and things I've heard from other arenas, it's highly unlikely IMO since I get the impression that anyone that speaks anything other than English is very much looked down upon. But that's just my perception and may not be actual fact.
post #15 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by Yosemite View Post
To get back on topic, I don't expect the US would have a debate in any other language than English since English is the only recognized language there. Any immigrants are expected to learn English as well so their mother tongue wouldn't even play into the equation.

Conversely, in Canada Quebec has always been French and peoples working in Quebec are expected to speak French just as peoples working in the US are expected to speak English.

From reading many posts here and things I've heard from other arenas, it's highly unlikely IMO since I get the impression that anyone that speaks anything other than English is very much looked down upon. But that's just my perception and may not be actual fact.
I was listening to CBC radio a few days ago, and is it true that your current PM said that Canada isn't running a deficit? I was poking though some websites and that appears to be untrue.

Can someone comment on that?
post #16 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by lookingglass View Post
I was listening to CBC radio a few days ago, and is it true that your current PM said that Canada isn't running a deficit? I was poking though some websites and that appears to be untrue.

Can someone comment on that?
Politicians will say anything in an election year.
post #17 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by lookingglass View Post
I was listening to CBC radio a few days ago, and is it true that your current PM said that Canada isn't running a deficit? I was poking though some websites and that appears to be untrue.

Can someone comment on that?
Perhaps you might start a new thread on that subject so it doesn't get lost in this thread about debating in different languages.

ETA: Of course some of us think our current PM has his head buried somewhere in the sand and has lost all touch with reality.
post #18 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by Yosemite View Post
Perhaps you might start a new thread on that subject so it doesn't get lost in this thread about debating in different languages.

ETA: Of course some of us think our current PM has his head buried somewhere in the sand and has lost all touch with reality.
Oh, as an American I can relate.

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: IMO: In My Opinion
TheCatSite.com › Forums › General Forums › IMO: In My Opinion › Canadian debate?