Conservative MP Wladyslaw Lizon has raised a little ridicule by sending a survey out in his ethnically diverse riding asking constituents if they speak “Indian.”A novel idea comes from one of the commenters to that story.
The problem, of course, is that there is no such language. In India, there are 29 languages each spoken by more than a million people, like Hindi, Bengali, Tamil and Punjabi. English, though the first language of few Indians, often serves as a common tongue.
If only there was some sort of national survey that asked people questions about what languages they speak at home and other things MPs might need to know to better serve their constituents. I don't know what you would call it, a census maybe, that collected information about ordinary Canadians and how they live.Harper's Canada: The politics of stupidity.