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Trudeau’s French answer to English question not (necessarily) wrong

“Context, context, context. Context is what separates the Anglophone minorities in Quebec from Francophone minorities in other provinces. Their respective victimhoods are indeed comparable; but they face struggles that are different in nature and different in scale.”

The author of this article from Prince Edward Island reflects on the possibility that Trudeau was conflicted between his loyalty to Canada and his loyalty to Quebec when he decided to answer in French to multiple questions asked in English during a town hall meeting in Sherbrooke. This explanation comes in hand with her expression of a structural difference between linguistic minorities.

She mentions us as one of the groups in Quebec who has filed complaints to the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages (which is wrong). However, there are no mentions that we have started a letter-writing campaign directed at Trudeau.

Read the full article in the Journal Pioneer.

Lisée says Trudeau should have broken into English; complaints rise

“As a matter of common courtesy, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should have spoken English to Quebec anglophones, the leader of the Parti Québécois said Thursday.”

In a follow-up article to Trudeau’s language flap in Sherbrooke, Philip Authier addresses the multiple complaints that have been filed so far to the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages. Parti Quebecois leader, Jean-François Lisée, comments Trudeau’s action has no grasp of reality and policy on matters of language and identity and that he sees nothing wrong with speaking English with the English-speaking community of Quebec.

James Shea, president of the QCGN, also noted the whole community has been insulted by Trudeau’s action, and that we need an apology from him. From Davos, Premier Philippe Couillard weighed in saying French may be our common language, but he answers to English-speaking Quebecers in their language.

Read the full article in the Montreal Gazette

Sherbrooke: Trudeau admits he could have spoken English during town hall meeting (FR)

“Le premier ministre Justin Trudeau a mis fin à sa tournée du Québec, mercredi après-midi, et il s’est retrouvé sur la sellette pour avoir parlé uniquement en français lors d’une assemblée citoyenne, la veille.”

This Canadian Press article reviews the event that happened on the evening of Tuesday January 17 in Sherbrooke when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded in French to a question asked to him in English. It follows with Trudeau’s apologies in a press conference the next day in Bishop’s University where he mentions that he responded in English to a question asked in French in Peterborough.

The article follows with QCGN’s comments taken from their press release stating the group wants formal apologies while quoting Geoffrey Chambers and his concerns. The article also features comments from Mouvement impératif français, before announcing other actions Trudeau has done during this brief passage in Quebec.

Read the article in the Metro Journal

Justin Trudeau defends decision to answer questions only in French at Sherbrooke, Que. town hall

“Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended his decision after he chose to answer questions only in French during a town hall in Sherbrooke, Que., Tuesday night.”

In this feature made by Global reporter Sarah Volstad, QCGN vice-president Geoffrey Chambers is interviewed to make some comments on Trudeau’s answers in French to English questions during a town hall meeting in Shebrooke and his following press conference.

Watch the feature on Global Montreal