Statement made on 06 July 2010 by Senator Maria Chaput
Hon. Maria Chaput:
Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. On Saturday, June 26, 2010, the federal government announced that only the short form will be used for the 2011 census. The mandatory short form will include eight questions, only one of which will pertain to official languages: a question about the respondent's mother tongue.
My question for the Leader of the Government in the Senate is this: Would it not be useful to keep the question about knowledge of official languages in the 2011 census? Is it not important to know exactly how many Canadians can communicate in French or in English?
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