Monteregie man refused service in English
Marc Bergeron is incensed.
Saturday night, while visiting relatives in Hudson, his two year old daughter had a seizure. He called 9-1-1 and says the first responders from Hudson stabilized his daughter, adding they were amazing.
Five or ten minutes later paramedics from CETAM arrived. CETAM ambulances service the Monteregie region.
Even though Bergeron is bilingual he preferred to speak with them in English. The answer?
"Non", said Bergeron. "And to my sheer amazement that this gentleman in this position wasn't able to speak any English, I was taken aback. So in French I said, 'Parle pas anglais?' And that's when he replied to me, his tone of voice just absolutely changed, took a complete 180, and he said 'non, moi je parle français."'
CJAD talked to Patrick Jasmin, spokesperson for CETAM and he said that "every paramedic in CETAM is supposed to be able to speak English in a functional manner."
He also said that he's doing all he can to investigate the situation and will have more information for us tomorrow morning.