1969 – New Brunswick Premier Louis J. Robichaud on introducing the Official Languages Act:
On an individual basis, it is the right of New Brunswickers to be and remain unilingual or to speak two or more languages. The objective is to ensure that no unilingual New Brunswicker finds himself at a disadvantage in participating in the public life of our province.
With respect to the Civil Service, the fact that a man or woman is unilingual will not be a hindrance to appointment and promotion in the Civil Service, other qualifications being equal.
2015 – Commissioner of Official Languages, Katherine d’Entremont upon being asked whether or not a unilingual had the right to be employed in the public service:
“NO – No, absolutely not”.
Graham Fraser in the Globe & Mail / June 12, 2016
(Fraser is the Federal Official Languages Commissioner)
Some of the disenchantment with immersion comes from unrealistic expectations. Immersion doesn’t – and isn’t intended to – produce graduates who speak French with the fluency of native speakers. What immersion does provide is an important building block on which graduates can develop their language skills. Language proficiency is both an intellectual and a physical activity; without practice, it diminishes dramatically.