The statement that only 17% of Canadians are officially bilingual. As also pointed out that gives, statistically anyway, the edge to francophones. Many other citizens are multi lingual and mother tongues are more diverse and prevalent in urban settings or niche communities.
As we know, or should know, language is not the criteria chosen when candidates are vetted. Political leanings and past attitudes become paramount. Neither of these options in my opinion, should be tantamount! But then being legal is not part of the human conversation towards enlightenment. It's an act of utility!