Robert Chisholm dropped out the race to replace the late Jack Layton as the Federal leader of the New Democrats for a noble reason. The Nova Scotia NDP MP doesn’t speak French. The leader of the Official Opposition, who might just become our next Prime Minister, has to be proficient in both official languages.
When Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Angelo Persichilli as his director of communications, he showed the Conservatives contempt of Quebec and the French language. The Toronto native can’t speak French.
Last Thursday’s appointment of Michael Ferguson as Canada’s next auditor general takes the contempt beyond Quebec. It betrays the Conservatives’ contempt of Canada’s celebrated bilingualism.