Something similiar would have occured in Latvia had this referendum been passed, a whole bunch of Russians would have been given exclusive access to Federal Jobs, not only within Riga but you would have a bunch of 'Ivans' getting pencil pushing jobs in the Latvian countryside because they are fluent in both Latvian and Russian.

I love when Americans and Canadians apply US/CA administrative terminology and concepts on European reality  :D

But really, saying that knowing Latvian in order to have citizenship in those circumstances is just stupidity. 300 000 of "non-citizens" in small Latvia? WTF?!