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A greater percentage of Dutch people speak English than Canadians. 90% of Dutch people speak English. Only 85% of Canadians do. Should we trade more with Holland?

A greater percentage of Dutch people speak English than Canadians. 90% of Dutch people speak English. Only 85% of Canadians do. Should we trade more with Holland?
  • Sure why not?

    I don't really understand what the language spoken in a country has to do with the trade industry but I sure don't see why we shouldn't trade more with Holland as long as it's beneficial to both Holland and for our country. As long as there is good money to be made we absolutely should trade with whatever country needs us as much as we need them.

  • Trading is about resources

    It's interesting that more Dutch people speak English than Canadians, but I don't think that's a reason to trade more with them. Trading is about resources, not shared language. That's why we have translators. I don't see any correlation between the Dutch people speaking English and pursuing more trade with Holland.

  • Depends on our trade needs

    It's silly to base trade on language alone. Most other countries encourage their business people to learn English, more than we do to learn other languages. Yes, if Holland is producing items we need, and willing to consume items we sell then we should trade more with them. However there's no reason to stop trade with Canada, and trade decisions should be based on economics, not linguistics.

  • No, the size of the English-speaking population in a country shouldn't be a criteria for trade.

    No, it makes no difference what the English-speaking population of another country is. We trade with other countries for economic reasons and to ensure that there are enough affordable goods to go around. What language is spoken in the nations that trade with each other should have no impact whatsoever on how much trade is done.


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