Statement made on 27 October 2011 by Senator Joan Fraser
Hon. Joan Fraser:
Honourable senators, the Leader of the Government in the Senate has said that Mr. Ferguson has undertaken to become proficient in the French language. I would like to know how the government defines "proficiency," because in the French version of the job posting and of the selection criteria, the requirement for competence in both languages was even stronger. In the French version in both the job posting and the selection criteria the phrase is "La maîtrise des deux langues officielles est essentielle" — "la maîtrise," the mastery of the two official languages is essential.
Any of us who has attempted to learn a second, or third, or fourth language knows that it is no small task to master another language. The Auditor General of Canada is going to have very demanding work facing him. How proficient does the government expect him to become and, to echo Senator Mitchell's question, by when?
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