Here in la belle province, the announced appointment of an apparently unlingual Supreme Court justice has met with some consternation and criticism. The Barreau de Québec has officially (by letter – linked here) asked the Prime Minister to reconsider his choice.
The Director of the Québec Bar, Mtre Claude Provencher, made the following comments to a French-language blog (my rough translation):
“Bilingualism must be a required competence. It’s a question of equality before justice for all Canadians, regardless of their mother tongue.”
“We request that the government and the parliamentary committed charged with examining these recommendations not name a unilingual judge. We also again request that the government review the federal legislation in order to enshrine an obligation for the nine Supreme Court justices to master both official languages.”
Do you think the Supreme Court should be fully bilingual – if so, to what degree? How bilingual can someone be who was raised in English their whole life?