STM says it didn't need another legal opinion

Posted By: Laura Casella · 1/4/2013 11:13:00 AM

The STM says a Gazette report on how Bill 101 applies to its employees is misleading.

Marvin Rotrand, city councillor and vice-president of the transit corporation, says it does know that it cannot force some of its employees to speak English and it didn't need another legal opinion to clarify that.

"The Gazette asked if we sought an external legal opinion," Rotrand tells CJAD. "The answer is no. We have 15 lawyers that work for the STM. The law is very clear. Under article 46 of Bill 101 we cannot force our employeees to speak English for most jobs. We have to prove a necessity for English to get an exemption."

Some of those jobs that do get an exemption include people who work in adapted transport, telephone operators, or those who deal with tourists. Bus drivers and ticket takers, however, are not required by law to speak English.

"And it's very clear. Our lawyers say the law is crystal clear. Even a 1st year law student would know that."

But any employee who is rude to a customer and refuses to help despite language differences, he says, will be disciplined.

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  1. Realist posted on 01/04/2013 11:22 AM
    This is a totaly non-sensical answer. On one hand the exemption applies to those who deal with tourists but not to bus drivers or ticket takers who deal with tourists.
    Just who are they kidding, do tourists need special badges to mark them as ones who get the exception?
    1. Rudolph S posted on 01/04/2013 07:17 PM
      @Realist I am surprised, that the OLF Thugs will not require, that all Anglos wear a red fabric sqare with an A stitched on it. on their coats..... (the Idea existed already a long time ago in a far away country...)
  2. Katherine posted on 01/04/2013 11:27 AM
    So Mr. Rotrand, Did your 15 PQist lawyers say that the actions of your SEPERATIST employees that head locked a girl for being English - or SPAT on an elderly lady because she did not understand your French speaking buffooned employee tell you that they should be "disciplined" ?? Because I am certain they received no "discipline" whatsoever. Prove it to us Mr. Rotrand. Show us what happened to the butchy faced french nimwit that headlocked that girl - or what happened to the balding moron that spat at the 65 year old lady - what happned to them?
    1. Jason posted on 01/04/2013 12:56 PM
      @Katherine ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!! No reprement, nothing did nor will anything ever happen to these employees. I just wonder why the English of Montreal do not host a rally banging pots and pans, stopping traffic and making their stance like the students did. I mean com'on people, like stop complaining and DO SOMETHING. It is obvious your policians don't give a damn about you so why don't you just get togehter and walk the streets. Take a stand.
    2. Rudolph S posted on 01/07/2013 10:13 AM
      @Katherine well, Mr. Rotrand is getting back at us.... I guess he is still sore, that an Apfelbaum and not a Fleur de Lys is blooming in his garden.....
  3. Umaga posted on 01/04/2013 12:05 PM
    Thank you STM for standing up to the AngryAnglo Witchhunt . Bill 101 has been around for about 30 years , any one that hasn"t learned enough basic French to get around on the transit system should be in Ontario by now .
    1. SK posted on 01/04/2013 12:26 PM
      @Umaga you must be slow you dont seem to understand the concept of tourism. thank you umagodyurdumb for carrying the ignorant qc torch.
    2. Derrick posted on 01/04/2013 12:35 PM
      @Umaga How come you're not at work today? I ordered my burger and fries about 20 mins ago (en francais). You give me the best service at la belle province hope to see you monday :)
  4. Jason S posted on 01/04/2013 01:09 PM
    How are American tourists served?
  5. B Vassilas posted on 01/04/2013 01:40 PM
    WTF, learn to speak english a...holes, Montreal is an international city not a thirdl world shithole.

    if you want to speak french only then find jobs in trois rivieres, shawinigan etc etc, Montreal is a multilingual, multiculture dynamic city!
  6. Rob Postuma posted on 01/04/2013 03:45 PM
    How is a job where you're working with the paying public - both french and english - not one that requires english? By definition, ticket takers and bus drivers deal in customer service with the public. Even though they're imho HIGHLY overpaid & over-protected for the job that they do, they're job is to serve the public - and the STM tends to forget who they're working for - the public.
    The STM is using 15 lawyers to give crappy customer service - good job guys!
  7. Murray posted on 01/04/2013 05:29 PM
    I am suing Montreal because Marvin is Marvin is Marvin. I look forward to hearing his answers under oath and I am confident that he will speak the truth in court because everything that he promised at council meetings is on either audio or video tape.

    I will win the case. The money will go to charity and the media will be able to inform the public about Marvin.

    Google: Is something rotten in NDG?
    1. Judy posted on 01/09/2013 07:41 PM
      @Murray You go Murray !
  8. nelg posted on 01/04/2013 05:54 PM
    The STM is non anglo separatist company anyhow. what do expect besides lousy service and rude over paid lazy greedy employees.
  9. JohnH- posted on 01/05/2013 01:50 AM
    Marvin Rotrand is and has always been an appeaser. Every morning Marvin licks his finger sticks it in the air and finds out which way the wind is blowing and try's not to make a decision. Just because the STM has 15 lawyers does not render a court decision, they are not judges. Grow some Marvin and challenge bill 101. Or, are you just another Robert Bourassa?
    1. Michel posted on 01/07/2013 02:25 PM
      @JohnH- How does he keep getting elected if
      he is so disliked?
  10. haig terzian posted on 01/05/2013 08:06 AM
    The STM should ensure that their employee proportion represents the ethical mix of the island.

    And they should hire people that leave on the island and not from the surrounding regions.

    Today, it does not. They mainly hire people that have not lived with the different ethnic al groups and do not understand the immigrants.
  11. Stan posted on 01/06/2013 10:09 AM
    The issue here is not only language - it is a question of respect. In any other state in North America, if a public or private employee disrespected the customers like that, or misrepresented the company in that way, they would be fired.

    But then one must remember where we live: biggotry, xenophobia, ignorance, isolationism, and blatant hatred for all things unfrench are welcome, encouraged, state sponsored and promoted here. In most states, ignorant low-lifes are dealt with accordingly; here, they are given jobs with the STM and OLF.

    While the rest of the free world endeavours to do away wth these dispicable, immoral dark age qualities, it thrives in this regressive backward piss hole of a province.
    1. Michel posted on 01/07/2013 02:31 PM
      @Stan Thank you! its all about
      RESPECT..... No one should have
      to be forced.... treat people with
      respect if you work in public
  12. gnicolson posted on 01/07/2013 05:29 PM
    wow what a spin on that crystal clear....yea its crystal clear all right ...if your english your not welcome here...go away .. and on another note...was online at our major retailer who gives away funny money when u purchase...and i couldn't for the life of me get the weekly flyer in i wrote them a mail...and to my surprise they said " its illegal to distribute flyers in English if you live in Quebec"...whatttttttttttttt
    mail available on request if u want to see it....sooooooooooo where do the English stand in our home province....sadly where....
  13. Alexander posted on 01/08/2013 09:59 AM
    Just because STM treats their clients in such way as this comment (answer) I would boycott STM services that includes buses and metro!
    1. Murray posted on 01/09/2013 05:56 PM
      @Alexander There is actually a boycott of Quebec going on where everyone is encouraged not to purchase loto tix, alcohol/wine and altogether avoid shopping here. People are encouraged to make lists of their needs and then shop in New Hampshire where there is 0% sales tax. Across the board the savings in NH considering the lower prices and NO tax a family of four can save as much as $944 by purchasing across the board BUT if one purchases clothes, shoes, books, toys and other items where the savings are greater, one can really, really save!
  14. J.S. posted on 01/11/2013 07:45 AM
    Nice one Murray, I have not bought gas in the mother land for months . I buy my gas in the U.S. or Ontario. Now that you mention the other things i will start to do the same.
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