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Should bilingualism change in Canada? The debate over Gov. Gen. Mary Simon

By Nicole Rosen, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Language Interactions, University of Manitoba
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Raymond Théberge, Canada’s official languages commissioner, says his office has received more than 400 complaints about the appointment of Inuk leader Mary Simon as governor general.

The “problem” is her lack of French-English bilingualism, although she is bilingual, speaking both Inuktitut and English.

Canada has had an official bilingualism…


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