...what will three or four official languages cost us?
Accommodation is not integration. Accommodation is not assimilation.
How much tax dollars are wasted on translations of official documents into languages that are neither English or French? How much health care dollars are wasted on similar translations so that immigrants can get health care documentation in their native tongue? How much time and money have been wasted on the need for translation services in the the legal system? How much money can be saved simply by demanding immigrants speak one of Canada's two official languages even at a functional capacity before they are allowed entry? These are public monies that could be put to more productive use had immigrants been better screened for language skills or had bothered themselves to learn our languages.
Post WWII immigrants to Canada did not get this kind of hand-holding from the government and neither did the waves of immigrants who preceded them. And they turned out fine; they adapted and integrated. In fact, it has becomes a point of pride for many of them to boast about how they succeeded in Canada without all the government services that is so readily available to immigrants now. So why should immigrants now be treated any differently?