Montreal transit workers refuse to serve English-speaking minister

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Under Quebec law, the city cannot force its employees to speak another language other than French

MONTREAL - An appointed minister has filed a complaint with the city's transit authority because he claims two subway employees told him they "don't serve English people."

Michael Dunning told QMI Agency that when he asked, in English, for an all-day pass at a Montreal subway station on Monday, the two employees behind the glass laughed and cursed him.

"They didn't say: 'We don't have to speak English,'" Dunning, 55, told QMI Agency on Friday. "They told me: 'We don't serve English people.'"

Moreover, Dunning said he was dismissed on the phone when he called to register a formal complaint two days later. He said it was only when Montreal's English-language media reported on the story that he received a call from the transit authority's legal department.

Marianne Rouette, spokeswoman for the city's transit department, said it received Dunning's complaint and "an investigation is underway."

She said by Quebec law, the city cannot force its employees to speak another language other than French.

Article 45 and 46 of Quebec's French-language law stipulate that an employer cannot reproach an employee for not being able to speak a language other than French. Nor can employers force an employee to speak anything other than French on the job, unless their specific duties necessitate them knowing another language.

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France

#1 Jul 14, 2012
It's time that Anglos fight fire with fire and return measure for measure.

It's way past time to give the French something new to remember. Something else that they won't forget.
notme

Moncton, Canada

#2 Jul 14, 2012
these fools are causing problems for the French elsewhere in Canada it is time it stop by our federal goverment ...
we want equality not domination
bilingualandprou dofit

Montréal, Canada

#3 Jul 14, 2012
Funny how that pisses you off, but the fact that a francophone can't get service in French at the Halifax International Airport seems normal to you.
You advocate a double standard ! That is generally called bigotery !

For my part, I disagree with both incidents, French or English, you should bve able to have service in your language when it comes to things like transportation !!!
daryl doucette

Moncton, Canada

#4 Jul 14, 2012
doofus so what if someone can't get service in french at Halifax airport? So what? All you frenchmen speak english.
Its an english airport in an english city in an english province. Here's an idea....F'YOU and speak english when you are in Halifax ya idiot. You frog extremists have to realize that YOU have to adapt to english canada, not the other way around....you extremist piece of marde...hope you choke on your poutine you ahole...
bilingualandprou dofit

Montréal, Canada

#5 Jul 14, 2012
Hey As*hole, why don't you use the same speach on Michael Dunning ?
daryl doucette

Moncton, Canada

#6 Jul 14, 2012
what is that dungfoos
bilingualandprou dofit

Montréal, Canada

#7 Jul 14, 2012
daryl doucette wrote:
You frog extremists have to realize that YOU have to adapt to english canada, not the other way around....
Sorry Douchbag, but according to this great countries Constitution laws, it is radicals like you who have to adapt... Here, read this ;

Official Languages of Canada

16.(1) English and French are the official languages of Canada and have equal rights and privileges as to their use in all institutions of the Parliament and government of Canada.

(2) English and French are the official languages of New Brunswick and have equality of status and equal rights and privileges as to the use in all institutions of the legislature and government of New Brunswick.

(3) Nothing in this Charter limits the authority of Parliament or a legislature to advance the equality of status or use of English and French.

16.1 (1) The English linguistic community and the French linguistic community in New Brunswick have equality of status and equal rights and privileges, including the right to distinct educational institutions and such distinct cultural institutions as are necessary for the preservation and promotion of those communities.

(2) The role of the legislature and the government of New Brunswick to preserve and promote the status, rights and privileges referred to in subsection (1) is affirmed.(6)

17.(1) Everyone has the right to use English or French in any debates or other proceedings of Parliament.(7)

(2) Everyone has the right to use English or French in any debate and other proceeding of the legislature of New Brunswick.(8)

18.(1) The Statutes, records and journals of Parliament shall be printed and published in English and French and both language versions are equally authoritative.(9)

(2) The Statutes, records and journals of New Brunswick shall be printed and published in English and French and both language versions are equally authoritative.(10)

19.(1) Either English or French may be used by any person in, or in any pleading in or process issuing from any court established by Parliament.(11)

(2) Either English or French may be used by any person in, or in any pleading in or process issuing from any court of New Brunswick.(12)

20.(1) Any member of the public of Canada has the right to communicate with, and to receive available services from, any head or central office of an institution of the Parliament or government of Canada in English or French, and has the same right with respect to any other office of any such institution where

(a) there is significant demand for communications with and services from that office in such language; or

(b) due to the nature of the office, it is reasonable that communications with and services from that office be available in both English and French.

(2) Any member of the public in New Brunswick has the right to communicate with, and to receive available services from, any office of an institution of the legislature or government of New Brunswick in English or French.
ggg

Ottawa, Canada

#8 Jul 17, 2012
bilingualandproudofit wrote:
Funny how that pisses you off, but the fact that a francophone can't get service in French at the Halifax International Airport seems normal to you.
You advocate a double standard ! That is generally called bigotery !
For my part, I disagree with both incidents, French or English, you should bve able to have service in your language when it comes to things like transportation !!!
It is the same reason a Chinese, Italian, Polish or Lebanese person can't get service there either, even though their language is spoken just as much as French in Halifax.
These minority language groups don't get into a snit when they have to speak English, so what makes the French so special?
Respect the distinctness of the English that because it is the international language of business, technology and entertainment, thus English people are less likely to learn a second language,
and the fact when Francophones learn a second language, it is always English, never another language.
Feel free to speak French, but when it is not the majority langauge, don't feel free to force others to speak it, especially when it involves you wanting to work in French, when no other linguistic minority has the entitlement to force others to work in their mother tongue.
Else, feel free to have your French Supremacist butt kicked by non-Anglo politicians not having to kiss your butt for the Quebec vote
bilingualandprou dofit

Moncton, Canada

#9 Jul 17, 2012
Another dumbass who still doesn't grasp the fact that Canada is a Bilingual Country. And that, since 1982 !!! Get off your pretentious ass and learn to live in the present !
Oh, and you can feel free to have your arrogant ass kicked by the majority of politicians in this country, whether they need a Quebec vote or not. Your views are shared by a very small loud mouth minority !!!
bilingualandprou dofit

Moncton, Canada

#10 Jul 17, 2012
Just for you ggg, I'll repost this... If you can read well enough to get through this, maybe, just maybe, you'll understand where you live !!!

Official Languages of Canada

16.(1) English and French are the official languages of Canada and have equal rights and privileges as to their use in all institutions of the Parliament and government of Canada.

(2) English and French are the official languages of New Brunswick and have equality of status and equal rights and privileges as to the use in all institutions of the legislature and government of New Brunswick.

(3) Nothing in this Charter limits the authority of Parliament or a legislature to advance the equality of status or use of English and French.

16.1 (1) The English linguistic community and the French linguistic community in New Brunswick have equality of status and equal rights and privileges, including the right to distinct educational institutions and such distinct cultural institutions as are necessary for the preservation and promotion of those communities.

(2) The role of the legislature and the government of New Brunswick to preserve and promote the status, rights and privileges referred to in subsection (1) is affirmed.(6)

17.(1) Everyone has the right to use English or French in any debates or other proceedings of Parliament.(7)

(2) Everyone has the right to use English or French in any debate and other proceeding of the legislature of New Brunswick.(8)

18.(1) The Statutes, records and journals of Parliament shall be printed and published in English and French and both language versions are equally authoritative.(9)

(2) The Statutes, records and journals of New Brunswick shall be printed and published in English and French and both language versions are equally authoritative.(10)

19.(1) Either English or French may be used by any person in, or in any pleading in or process issuing from any court established by Parliament.(11)

(2) Either English or French may be used by any person in, or in any pleading in or process issuing from any court of New Brunswick.(12)

20.(1) Any member of the public of Canada has the right to communicate with, and to receive available services from, any head or central office of an institution of the Parliament or government of Canada in English or French, and has the same right with respect to any other office of any such institution where

(a) there is significant demand for communications with and services from that office in such language; or

(b) due to the nature of the office, it is reasonable that communications with and services from that office be available in both English and French.

(2) Any member of the public in New Brunswick has the right to communicate with, and to receive available services from, any office of an institution of the legislature or government of New Brunswick in English or French.
daryl doucette

Moncton, Canada

#11 Jul 18, 2012
Good for you GGG, its amazing how these french extremists think that canada is a bilingual country because some f'in kebecers wrote a stupid declaration, which was FORCED onto english canada....and they think that if they keep sayin it over and over and over we'll just blindly agree with them...and the utter arrogance of these pricks going into an ENGLISH city's airport and expecting everyone to bow to them...what a joke...my sister was in vegas recently and laughed as the american customs agent told some yappy french extremist where to get off when they started speaking french to the agent, and mind you the a'hole wasn't long switching to english....kripes they even want other countries to cater to them, arrogant or what?
bilingualandprou dofit

Moncton, Canada

#12 Jul 18, 2012
daryl doucette wrote:
...think that canada is a bilingual country because some f'in kebecers wrote a stupid declaration, which was FORCED onto english canada....and they think that if they keep sayin it over and over and over we'll just blindly agree with them...
1. It was vote in the elected government's house of commons, you moron !!!
2. And it's a fact JACK !!!
3. And you can keep whining about Anglophones being the supreme race in Canada, you are still a very small minority to be that delusional !!! And even if you keep up the whining, the rest of Canada (English or French or Mi'Kmaq or Innu or Cree or Ojibway or Iroquois or Ukranian or Japanese or Chinese or Indian <you know, from India>) will never agree with you !
daryl doucette

Moncton, Canada

#13 Jul 19, 2012
we lets have a referendum on this issue and we'll see who agrees with who....and a REAL question, not some silly french favoring wishy washy bullshit trick job...oh crap thats right you french extremists have managed to have any language questions banned from referendums here in NB, now lets see, i'm not real bright but why is it you extremists don't want a referendum on language?
bilingualandprou dofit

Montréal, Canada

#14 Jul 19, 2012
daryl doucette wrote:
...now lets see, i'm not real bright...
You got that right !!!
Logic

Miramichi, Canada

#15 Jul 19, 2012
daryl doucette wrote:
we lets have a referendum on this issue and we'll see who agrees with who....and a REAL question, not some silly french favoring wishy washy bullshit trick job...oh crap thats right you french extremists have managed to have any language questions banned from referendums here in NB, now lets see, i'm not real bright but why is it you extremists don't want a referendum on language?
A referendum could hinder your fear mongouring if it ended up in favour...What angle would you use next?
bilingualandprou dofit

Montréal, Canada

#16 Jul 19, 2012
In New Brunswick, back in the late 1980s, early 1990s, we had the COR Party who had a political plateform very similar to Daryl's comments, on French and Bilingualism. They were defeated and the party desolved, because of lack of support. To me, that is the same as a Referendum, for NB !!! But it has not stopped people like Daryl from imagining that a referendum is still needed... So even if the truth bit them in the ars* several times, they would not recognize it !
Pneumo

Moncton, Canada

#17 Jul 19, 2012
Notme et Bilingual. Pourquoi perdez-vous votre temps et énergie à convaincre des ignorants? Ils se réjouissent de vous écoeurer avec des commentaires disgracieux. Vous ne changerez jamais leur façon de voir les choses...
bilingualandprou dofit

Montréal, Canada

#18 Jul 19, 2012
Entièrement d'accord Pneumo. Mais c'est tellement le fun de les arnaquer !!!
bil

Moncton, Canada

#19 Jul 19, 2012
Pneumo wrote:
Notme et Bilingual. Pourquoi perdez-vous votre temps et énergie à convaincre des ignorants? Ils se réjouissent de vous écoeurer avec des commentaires disgracieux. Vous ne changerez jamais leur façon de voir les choses...
Tout à fait d'accord avec Pneumo. Les gars, vous perdez votre temps et en plus vous contribuer à maintenir en vie ce site d'informations pourries qui de toute façon à un auditoire très limité(quantativement et intellectuellement). Vous n'arriverez jamais à convaincre vos interlocuteurs avec qui vous n'avez non pas des débats d'idées, mais des débats de croyance. Car ne l'oubliez pas... vous faites partie d'une conspiration :)
bob

Moncton, Canada

#20 Jul 19, 2012
bilingualandproudofit wrote:
Entièrement d'accord Pneumo. Mais c'est tellement le fun de les arnaquer !!!
Fais attention cependant... Parce que ce genre d'échanges peut se terminer devant des tribunaux s'ils dérapent en diffamation. Par ailleurs, comme tu l'as probablement constaté, ce site est bourré de cyber haine, et ça aussi ça peut se terminer mal.

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