Retailers to fight Quebec's language authorities in court

Posted By: Richard Deschamps · 10/13/2012 11:15:00 AM

A group of six multi-national retailers are set to take on Quebec's language authorities in court.

The Office Québécois de la Langue Française wants them to add a generic French term to their names.

Best Buy, Costco, the Gap, Old Navy, Guess and Walmart have been engaged in testy discussions with the OQLF over their repreated requests for a French term to go along with their English brand names.

The group of companies is claiming the OQLF is threatening to revoke their francization certificates if they don't comply.

A Quebec Superior Court judge will hear the case on Oct. 22.

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  1. ex Kaybecer posted on 10/13/2012 01:55 PM
    First the Galganov victory, now this. Incredibly good news. Make them back off, or CLOSE YOUR DOORS and watch the job disappear into Ontario where WE respect your names and language!
  2. JohnH_9 posted on 10/13/2012 02:54 PM
    Well it's about about time business in Quebec stood up to these boorish functionaries. That's all they are. I hope they win the case and they all have my support. I will be shopping at their stores. And, I will contact them and give them my support also. Had this been done in the late 70's our lives would be that much better.
  3. Josiey posted on 10/13/2012 05:49 PM
    Big bad bullies!!!! The only way to stop them is to fight back. I'm so happy that these companies are taking them on. They are so petty and closed minded. It is too bad that the small businesses can't take them on. Its a name on a sign so what! The courts always seem to take the government's side though.
  4. Gordie posted on 10/13/2012 07:37 PM
    As if the French give a hoot if a store has a french name or English name...if it bothered them that much, you would not see thousands of cars in these big name stores` parking lots with Quebec lisence plates. Get rid of the OLF and things will be business as usual !
  5. Kenneth lecknell posted on 10/13/2012 07:37 PM
    If they lose I hope they have the balls to take their businesses out of Quebec.
    That would put an end to that issue.
    1. Karl posted on 10/14/2012 08:39 PM
      @Kenneth lecknell Ref: "If they lose I hope they have the balls to take their businesses out of Quebec."

      Dream on. As long as there is a buck to be made, they will be here.
  6. Supporter posted on 10/13/2012 07:48 PM
    It is about time that a group of businesses have have united to take a stand against this bloated government department. These stores are presently following the letter of the law, and unless the government amends the law, then they have every right to continue doing business as defined by the current rules. When the OLF resorts to blackmail and intimidation to enforce a civil servants interpretation, then they have crossed the line and the courts must then decide once and for all. I will fully support their challenge by continuing to shop at their stores.
  7. angela posted on 10/14/2012 07:50 AM
    Next will be Hotels, restaurant chains....... Last names of citizens of Quebec, this has absolutely nothing to do with protecting a language and all to do with appeasing a certain group within society. It is no wonder this world has so many problems if each country wastes time & money on such pettiness. There are real problems in the world and right here in Quebec that should be taken care of long before wasting money & time on this.
  8. lorenz pascal posted on 10/14/2012 09:21 AM
    im french from france and i can t understand why those people are acting like that ......this is paranoia....even in france there is store with english names and we don t care about......for them it s just a personnal fight they hate english and everything related to it......maybe they don t have anything better to do working or studing or thinking...
  9. Joe S posted on 10/14/2012 01:41 PM
    It is quite simple. Advise the quebec government that within 6 months to 1 year all these companies will close their stores and no longer operate in Quebec. We will then know what the Francophone population truly feels about losing all these businesses. These companies are under no obligation to operate in Quebec. And then watch the unemployment rate skyrocket in Quebec. Who will the PQ blame at that point.
  10. Paul posted on 10/14/2012 04:23 PM
    Very nice to see that someone is standing up to say enough is enough. What an embarrassment the OLF is, they should be ashamed of themselves spending our hard earned tax dollars on their irrational xenophobia.
  11. DavidT_0100 posted on 10/14/2012 07:46 PM
    This is one reason why I never went back to Quebec after I got my release from the RCN. First I wanted to be treated like a 1st class citizen. Being unilingual at the time I wanted to be recognized as a resident of a free province, not a dictatorship as it is now. Many good businesses have been forced to close down because the stupid/backward Language police. These small companies could not fight the Language police so they had to close and the Separatist government knew it so they fined them to the graveyard and were very happy about it. Hopefully these companies will win. I noticed that Canadian Tire was not included in the six. Good luck
  12. Thomas posted on 10/14/2012 08:58 PM
    This is pure nonsense. It's just a name. Just because a company's name is not in French, you want to force them to make changes? It's not enough that these companies make a major investment in Quebec, provide jobs, inject money into the economy and are able to provide service in French, provide products labeled in French, now they have to change their names to add some FRENCH words. This is just total nonsense. I hope these companies win in court. We all know that if these companies do win, the OQLF will appeal, but no matter what happens, I hope these companies leave Quebec and take all the jobs with them to teach the government a major lesson.
  13. judy posted on 10/14/2012 10:58 PM
    Quebec people don't seem to mind shopping in the states with english cashiers and signs like K Mart , Big Lots , Dames Liquor store , TJ max , Friendly and Applebees restaurant etc.
    1. The T posted on 10/16/2012 01:50 PM
      @judy Judy Judy Judy , TJ Maxx , and how quickly they know how to speak english when there is a good sale infront of them .
  14. Bob posted on 10/15/2012 09:23 AM
    If any of these stores cave in to the OLF then I will never shop in them again ever.
  15. Chantal posted on 10/15/2012 10:36 AM
    This is just silly. I am a Francophone and I don't care what the name of a store is when I go shopping as long as I can get good service and buy quality products at a fair price. This is a waste of taxpayer money. I hope these companies win and if not, then they should move out all their stores to another province. I know it is just a minor little generic French word to add to their name, but it is a principle. This whoe situation really makes Quebec look so bad. The government should be focused on creating jobs and attracting more businesses to open up in Quebec not making it more difficult on them.
  16. Andrea posted on 10/15/2012 03:13 PM
    Is beaulieu a child?? Dont shop at stores because of the name?? I have more important things to worry about, as we all do. In bussiness name means everything, when you build a bussiness you build a name. You cant just change the name to make some ignorant seperatist people happy that they think they are preserving and imposing a language. Best buy= achat meilleur. Whaaat?? Call me a little stupid but it wasnt long ago that i found out bureau en gros is actually staples.
  17. Terry posted on 10/16/2012 08:06 AM
    The Walmart store in Brossard has a large "Bienvenue" sign under the Walmart sign. When the store opened at the Dix 30 shopping complex a few years ago, I asked the Walmart head office when the "Welcome " sign would be installed. I was told that this was an oversight. The "Welcome" sign was never installed. I could have boycotted this store for it's lack of respect to their large numbers of English speaking customers but I only shop at Walmart for their low prices. And when it comes to the more important issue of safety, Walmart listened and installed the stop signs near the front entrance.
  18. The T posted on 10/16/2012 01:59 PM
    I personally I don't care, my money is spent where I feel welcomed which is not in Quebec . Once a week cross the border for 24 hrs. do my groceries , my gas fill up , and Clothes and such 400 per person for a 24 hr stay is alot of shopping to bring back across the border . Make it french, make it impossible to shop here and watch businesses slowly close up shop . We all can protest the way things are run but how many actually have the stones to do something about it .
  19. Ray Moscato posted on 02/21/2013 07:00 PM
    I was born & ried in Quebec. I left fr good because of racist laws. Quebers are still fighting the of the plains of Abraham. They will never tire of this. Quebec used to pay their own way, now they feast on theCanadian people, & whatever they receive is never enough. They have stopped contributing to this nation for to long. The laguage issue wll never go away. Better for business not to locate or operate there. Ray Moscato Calgary, Alberta
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