Served in french in Montreal B****h

samedi 30 janvier 2010 ·

Yet again, I have to be a ballbuster to french-canadian nationalists. First and foremost, writing a blog post in english with actual data(!) on the condition of the french language in Québec will probably be the biggest ballbuster that I can do. Second of all, I got data that invalidates arguments like those of Pierre Curzi (PQ member of the National Assembly for Borduas) who believes that 2012 apocalypse that the Mayas predicted will come in the form of not being served in french on the island of Montreal(!).

Basically, between the 1996 and the 2006 census, the knowledge of french in the retail and services industry in Montreal has remained stable above 95 percent. Considering that the immigration ceillings were raised by 22 percent since 1998, this stabilization should be quite reassuring for nationalists and linguistic crusaders. Furthermore, 85,1 percent of immigrants employed within the retail and services industry on the island of Montreal speak french. If that was not enough for you, 87 percent of those who register english as their mother tongue and work in the retail and services industry speak french.

Can you see the linguistic crisis? Because I still can't...

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Bryan Breguet est candidat au doctorat en sciences économiques à l’université de Colombie-Britannique. D’origine Suisse, il a passé les cinq dernières années au Québec au cours desquelles il s’est engagé en politique provinciale malgré le fait qu’il ne possédait pas encore la citoyenneté canadienne. Il détient un B.Sc en économie et politique ainsi qu’une maitrise en sciences économiques de l’université de Montréal. Récipiendaire de plusieurs prix d’excellences et bourses, il connaît bien les méthodes quantitatives et leurs applications à la politique.







Vincent Geloso holds a master’s degree in economic history from the London School of Economics, with a focus on business cycles, international development, labor markets in preindustrial Europe and the new institutional economics. His research work examined the economic history of the province of Quebec from 1920 to 1960. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the Université de Montréal. He has also studied in the United States at the Washington Centre for Academic Seminars and Internships. Mr. Geloso has been an intern for the Prime Minister’s cabinet in Ottawa and for the National Post. He has also been the recipient of a fellowship from the Institute for Humane Studies and an international mobility bursary from the Ministère des Relations internationales du Québec. Currently, he is an economist at the Montreal Economic Institute.

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