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juminrhee
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bman7720
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Should First Nations' languages be given equal status with English & French (Canadian)?

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Started: 3/30/2015 Category: Politics
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juminrhee

Pro

In Canada, English & French are given equal status. Go to many places across the country and you will see signs in English & French. Why, since First Nations have been in this country since long before confederation, are their equal status in language not held, but French, which the settlers have only been in Canada since the 16th Century, is?
bman7720

Con

The issue with equal status of language is the reason language exists, communication. While language is a crucial factor of culture and tradition, in the fast-moving and interconnected world, a singular trade language is crucial.

Looking at the science world, Metric is used for easy and understandable communication between researchers. Many companies, such as Coca Cola and Pepsi, have made crucial marketing errors due to translation flaws.

In the long run, an universal language set as the first priority would only further our communication.
Debate Round No. 1
juminrhee

Pro

If your point is one language would be preferred, then I agree. Unfortunately, in Canada equal status is given to both English & French. English is the predominant language in Canada as well as the preferred trade language, so by that logic, it should be the only official language in Canada. The laws here give French equal status regardless of those facts, so should not the people that were originally from here be able to have equal language status as do the colonists?
bman7720

Con

While Canada is a French-speaking country, the thought on this issue needs to be on an international level. If we were to select a single language to be the world language, each nation would be free to teach their own native language.

Regarding the issue of the colonists, truthfully the issue of which language should be primarily spoken relies on the current culture. The USA was founded by primarily English-speaking colonists, however due to an increase in Spanish-speaking immigrants and citizens, Spanish is almost a necessity for life in America.

I'm not too informed on the language matters of Canada, being an American myself, but I do know the workings of international diplomacy. The singular language on a world scale would remove language as differentiating quality of diplomatic candidates.
Debate Round No. 2
juminrhee

Pro

I see your argument on a global scale. Sorry, but this was only meant for the internal law that governs Canada, not as a pro/con for a global language. There are more Chinese speakers in British Columbia than there are French speakers, but yet English & French is required by law. That makes no sense to me. That was what this was about. Thank you for debating, and for the record, I do agree with you on a global language.
bman7720

Con

Well, on the internal level, language requirements should definitely be specified based on the population normality.

The first focus on a nation is internal functionality, if your citizens cannot communicate internally, why should they try to focus externally?
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