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Air Canada Fined Almost £13k for Not Using French Language

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-49532427

Air Canada has been ordered to pay a French-speaking couple 21,000 Canadian dollars ($15,700; £12,900) and write them a letter of apology for violating their linguistic rights.

"Air Canada systematically violates the linguistic rights of Francophones," the couple argued, according to the written judgment for the case.

Really? So passengers can really do this? Now that I think about it, I’ve been on some other airlines that seemed not to cater towards my linguistic rights...

it’s like you can squeeze money out of anything these days

hspexy
12 months ago
What do you think of this?
ACR
ACR12 months ago

Mon dieu c'est complètement scandaleux!! 🇫🇷 🇨🇦🥖 This is a bit ridiculous, you shouldn't be fined for this.

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MeestairChrees
MeestairChrees12 months ago

Pretty sure this wouldn't be applicable to most airlines. But Canada has two official languages. Go on a tour there and they will repeat everything in French. Go to any customer service point (e.g. in a museum) and you'll be greeted in both English and French (the order depends on which part of Canada you're in).

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PhilipMarc
PhilipMarc12 months ago

Yeah, plus, U.S. for example doesn't even have an official language but they generally use English for everything and in some parts use Latin Spanish.

Strange they never settled that.

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MeestairChrees
MeestairChrees12 months ago

Rockman that's interesting - I never knew that. Just had a quick read on it though!

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PhilipMarc
PhilipMarc12 months ago

It makes sense but that was obviously for the green. Canada is a country where English and French is spoken, French is most often spoken in Quebec and supposedly it's more accurate to old French than France's French as they use the colonial French without modifications.

In Spain they use FIVE freakin' LANGUAGES but could someone pull this in Spain? Unlikely. Castillan is the main language overall, the others are per region.

  1. Castillan (also known as Spanish)
  2. Catalan
  3. Galician
  4. Euskeran (you may know better as "Basque")
  5. Valencian

Most in Spain who speak Castillan can understand bits and pieces of Catalan and Galician but EUS/VAS are a tad more complicated. It's (e.g. Euskera) not even remotely anything similar to Portuguese or Spanish, kinda feels you're in another country.

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kikogpe
kikogpe
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12 months ago

This seems to me a very specific case. In Canada there is this quarrel between speaking English and French, especially in Qebec, where apart from Montreal, locals practically require you to speak French and very much refuse to speak English. I personally heard from one of them "When we go to other parts of Canada, we must speak English, when you come to Qebec, you must speak French."

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PhilipMarc
PhilipMarc12 months ago

That's kinda it. Canada also uses the metric system which is cool and their English is a mix of UK/US. I'm personally more used to pronounce the letter "Z" as "Zee" but in Canada some say "Zed" and "Zee".

The Subway of the English language. 😆

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AgnesFaludi
AgnesFaludi12 months ago

But Canada has other official language, so it should be not a problem.

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PhilipMarc
PhilipMarc12 months ago

Canada has two official languages so by law they need to cover both even if the "victim" was just after the dough.

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JjacquelineWwri
JjacquelineWwri12 months ago

They have tried to sue them in the 2014 also over a mistaken drink order. They were obviously after money!

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