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Many of you wrote to me on Monday because you were flabbergasted that French-speaking employees were being forced to work in English… at the Francos de Montréal. 

The entire political class was outraged. But one artist and cultural organizer shrugged when they heard the news. Move on, there's nothing to see! 

A few days before Saint-Jean, admit that we no longer have the artists we used to have.


On June 17, on Patrice Roy's news bulletin, a reporter presented the political reactions to this Radio-Canada investigation which revealed that “employees of the Francos complain about having to use English at work”. 

Then he announced that the musician Louis-Jean Cormier had on the question “a fairly nuanced position”.< /p>

Here is what Cormier said: “Slippery ground a bit. I don't know what to think about it. I think it is in our interest to preserve this French language and put it forward as much as possible. At the same time, if it's to improve or, I don't know, meet a specific need, uh, I think bilingualism has its striking force”. 

What a “slippery slope »? Cormier is afraid that if Francophones stand up, they will end up getting…respect? 

What do you mean, he doesn't know what to think? Are you facing a flagrant case of the rights of French speakers being violated and you are not able to form an opinion? Where did your critical thinking go?

And it is what is this timid defense of “this French language there”, half fig half grape?

And where does this defense of bilingualism come from? You learn that “some meetings were held in English, even though there was only one English speaker among the twenty people around the table” and all you can say is that “bilingualism has its strike force”?

Cormier is part of this movement of artists who unhesitatingly defend the rights of minorities, but who take heed of things when it comes time to defend the French-speaking minority.


Speaking of bilingualism, do you want a good one? CTV recently reported on the fact that Quebec now only issues marriage certificates in French. Journalist Selena Ross interviewed a wedding planner who says some of her clients are angry about the situation. “It has to do with the fact that we are in a bilingual province in an English-speaking country.” 

Both of these statements are completely false! Quebec is a French-speaking province and Canada is a bilingual country. But at no time did the journalist correct this information. 


If Cormier's reaction leaves me speechless, the reaction of Laurent Saulnier, big boss of Francos programming, inspires me with a few words from the churches.

He hung up the phone in the face of the Radio-Canada journalist, after having said to him: “No comment”. 

What? Do you have any comment on a blatant case of discrimination against Francophones? This former music columnist, who we once knew to be virulent and drooling, refused to get wet?

Saulnier will be leaving Spectra in September after 23 years as a mainstay of the Francos and the Jazz Festival. 

That's called missing your exit.

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