At the end of Thursday, the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages in Canada received more than 200 complaints regarding Air Canada CEO Michael Russo’s letter in English only.
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The carrier is usually subject to only about 80 complaints per year.
“When we learned of the Air Canada president’s letter, we contacted Air Canada’s offices to encourage them, perhaps, to review the letter,” said Commissioner of Official Languages Raymond Theberg.
But the truth is that there has been no change in the discourse. After that we received a large number of complaints.”
Mr Rousseau’s monolingual speech, and then his descent into the fact that he had never had to learn French to live in Montreal and had no work schedule that would allow him to learn it, provoked strong reactions in Quebec, but also in Ottawa.
The CEO of Air Canada apologized for his comments Thursday morning, without convincing many people.
Thus, Legault’s government as well as the opposition denounced Michael Rousseau’s contempt for French.
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