Friday, July 15, 2011


Wow, I thought language was to be used to communicate. It is truly awful that such petty little people actually work for the federal government. I live in Quebec, most of us try and communicate in whatever language is needed.

If you want to know what's wrong with Canada's official language policy, look no further than Michel Thibodeau.

He's the fluently bilingual federal government employee who sued Air Canada because he and his wife were denied service in French -- the trigger being his failure to get a 7Up when requesting it in French on an AC flight in 2009.

He and his wife sued for $25,000 each -- plus $500,000 in punitive damages. But the court awarded them "only" $12,000.

Thibodeau is quoted as saying he was not asking for anything he wasn't entitled to: "I have a right to be served in French."

Yes, he does have that "right" in a country that is officially bilingual -- but in reality is not as bilingual as most would like it to be.

In fact, Canada will never be fully bilingual in the lifetime of most of us.

Linguistic zealots like Thibodeau do not help unify the cultural divide, but instead exacerbate the chasm.


maryT said...

Hmm, federal employee, wonder who paid for his language lessons.
We have to change the law, if one is proven to be able to read, speak and write in both official languages, then they have no right to sue anyone or any organization or business if they are offered service in one of those 2 languages. Hope Clement gets his name and issues him a pink slip.

Sean M said...

Forcing french on an English speaking nation has always been a preposterously racist imposition of special status bestowed by that warped lunatic Trudeau. The deranged Trudeau managed to take the tribal squabbles of Quebec and force it down the throats of all Canadians. The imposing of french as an "official language" is a warped, one sided, social engineering scheme almost as deranged and warped as the man who imposed it. This french language activist and the activist judge who rewarded this idiot are perfect examples of the poisonous nature of granting special status to one language group through Government imposed social engineering schemes.

Anonymous said...

Anytime bilingualism is forced on others, anglos and allowphones usually end up suffering. Bilingualism should be voluntary, not mandatory. We have enough government in our lives now. More proof on how official bilingualism hurts the majority. and in Acadian controlled New Brunswick

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