A third of dips can speak abroad

Recently released figures show that only 33 per cent of Canadian diplomats have the necessary foreign language skills for their jobs, the Toronto Sun reported. The revelation comes after Auditor General Sheila Fraser discovered in 2007 that only 16 per cent of the 180 foreign service officers that needed to have advanced foreign language skills could speak that language. The most recent figures are based on a report tabled by the Conservative government in August, which saw that number going up after the government started re-investing in foreign language training last year.

Published: Wednesday, 09/08/2010 12:00 am EDT

Recently released figures show that only 33 per cent of Canadian diplomats have the necessary foreign language skills for their jobs, the Toronto Sun reported. The revelation comes after Auditor General Sheila Fraser discovered in 2007 that only 16 per cent of the 180 foreign service officers that needed to have advanced foreign language skills could speak that language. The most recent figures are based on a report tabled by the Conservative government in August, which saw that number going up after the government started re-investing in foreign language training last year.

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