“Le Premier ministre canadien s’est formellement excusé d’avoir répondu en langue française à des questions qui lui avaient été posées en anglais, en janvier dernier alors qu’il était à Sherbrooke (Québec). Ses regrets font suite aux critiques de nombreux citoyens qui l’ont accusé de violer la loi sur le bilinguisme au Canada.”
“Si Justin Trudeau s’excuse pour avoir répondu en français à un anglophone au Québec, il devrait en faire autant envers les francophones pour les «pratiques discriminatoires» au sein du gouvernement, estime Jean-Paul Perreault, d’Impératif français.”
“Language cops are not about to swoop down on Justin Trudeau. The federal investigators looking into complaints that the prime minister didn’t answer questions in the official language in which they were asked won’t be asking the prime minister for an explanation.”
“Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has apologized for his refusal to answer a question in English when asked specifically about English mental health services at his town hall meeting in Sherbrooke, Que., last month.”
Trudeau has called Judy Ross, the woman who asked the question in English and one of the founders of Mental Health Estrie, to offer his apologies. According to Ross, he told her he made a mistake and that he has learned from the mistake.
He also sent a letter to the QCGN reiterating the importance of bilingualism in Canada and to express his sincere regrets. Our president, James Shea, said he was pleased with the letter.
“In Valentine’s Day messages to Quebec anglophones, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed “sincere regrets” for refusing to answer questions in English last month”
The incident dates back to January when Justin Trudeau answered in French to questions asked to him in English. Since then, several complaints were filed to the Commissioner of Official Languages.
However, Trudeau wrote a letter to the Quebec Community Groups Network on February 14 where he recognizes his wrongs and understands the importance to speak to minority language communities in their own language. He also wrote and apologized to the Townshippers’ Association.
“Le premier ministre Justin Trudeau a promis de répondre aux questions du public dans la même langue qu’elles lui seront posées à l’avenir, réagissant ainsi aux critiques de plusieurs citoyens frustrés qui l’accusaient d’avoir violé la politique de bilinguisme au pays.”
“Justin Trudeau s’est officiellement excusé de ne pas avoir répondu en anglais à une question qui lui avait été posée dans cette langue lors d’une assemblée publique qui s’est tenue à Sherbrooke, en janvier.”
“Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has apologized in writing for failing to speak English during a recent town hall meeting in Sherbrooke.”
Following his misstep in January when he answered in French to questions asked in English during a town hall meeting in Sherbrooke, Justin Trudeau admitted that he had made a mistake within two days. He has gone a step further now as he sent a letter to the QCGN to apologize.
“Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has apologized to English language minority communities for answering an English question in French during a town hall session in Sherbrooke, Que.”
Following the town hall meeting in Sherbrooke last January, Trudeau has since apologized in public, but also directly to the Quebec Community Groups Network in a letter stating he has stood up his entire life for the linguistic minorities of Canada.
For the QCGN, it was clear that the Prime Minister understand the importance of speaking to minority language communities in their own language. The town hall meeting was put under investigation by the Office of the Commissioner of Official Language under Part IV concerns.
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