If that is so, it will also be the case with the directives currently being issued by the Prime Minister of Canada. Using non-legislative and non-constitutional means, he is indicating that Supreme Court judges must be appointed if they have a certain level of functional bilingualism. If that is the case, indigenous peoples will be penalized.
I have seen the comments from indigenous leaders, in particular from the Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. I have to tell you that I have no solution for them.
We have to remember that official bilingualism is part of the Constitution of Canada and it is perfectly normal that Supreme Court judges should have to be comfortable in both languages. But I have no solution for their particular case.
I know that Senator Murray Sinclair and National Chief Perry Bellegarde have warned the government of the danger that indigenous peoples will be adversely affected by a measure to impose bilingualism.
Honestly, I have no particular solution to suggest.