Ho-ho-hold the unilingual Santa

Posted By: Trudie Mason · 12/5/2012 11:30:00 AM

A Santa Claus has lost his job at a West Island shopping centre because he couldn't communicate with children in English.

Cary Devine's four young children had a few questions for him after meeting a unilingual French Santa at the Les Galeries des Sources shopping centre in Dorval. They worried that Santa hadn't understood their Christmas requests.  Mom and Dad were forced to translate when the communication problem arose.

The mall gets its Santas from the firm Les Animeries. The full-time St. Nick is fluently bilingual but not so the back-up Claus in question.

Louise Gendreau of Les Animeries says this Santa worked the same location last year and this is the first time someone has complained.  She wonders if the political climate might have something to do with it.  She says it is difficult to find candidates who are both good at portraying Santa and proficient in both English and French.

She says the unilingual Santa will no longer be assigned to Galeries des Sources.

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