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'French fact' not reflected in Canada's bilingualism stats

The more you examine Statistics Canada’s latest report on the state of bilingualism in Canada the worse it looks.

This week’s study, whose findings were initially reported by The Globe’s Ingrid Peritz, showed that the proportion of Canadians who can hold a conversation in both English and French fell to 17.5 per cent in 2011, according to that year’s Census. It marked the first decennial drop since 1961 and suggested that, outside of Quebec, English Canadians have become increasingly disinclined to learn the country’s other official language.