'STM? Are you listening?' :Lisée

Posted By: Richard Deschamps · 1/18/2013 1:09:00 PM

The Quebec minister in charge of anglo relations, Jean-François Lisée, dealt with language issues during a half-hour, one-on-one CJAD interview with Tommy Schnurmacher this morning.

Among the topics addressed during the interview, the issue of how language laws apply to bus drivers and ticket takers working with the STM who have been criticized in the past for not being able or willing to serve English-speaking clients.

While the STM has said its hands are tied, Lisée painted a different picture.

He says if the STM thinks its bus drivers and ticket takers should speak English, then all it has to do is make the case to the Office Québécois de la Langue Française.

But Lisée suggests the transit corporation never made that case.

"They have an internal legal advice that tells them that they can't. But they never tested that," Lisée insists.

But STM vice-president Marvin Rotrand disagrees. "We have interfaced with the Office de la Langue Française on dozens, if not hundreds of cases."

He adds Lisée's recommendation that all it takes is a phone call might be overly enthusiastic. Even so, Rotrand says he'd be happy to follow up the minister's advice.

Listen to Tommy Schnurmacher's full half-hour CJAD interview with Jean-François Lisée below.

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  1. Katherine posted on 01/18/2013 01:43 PM
    HaHaHa, he is so funny this guy. Stand up comedian at his best. Anyone believing anything this man said this morning is completely gullible in my book.

    Oh oh oh, I cannot wait for the commentatory UGAMA to reply to this LOL
    1. Michael posted on 01/18/2013 02:06 PM
      @Katherine Katherine you're a killer LOL - I believe his/her/it's name is Umaga but whatever it is all crap to me. Good one.
    2. jerry A posted on 01/18/2013 02:37 PM
      @Katherine He may be funny...but its sad for all of us that a clown like this is actually at the level he is.
      I would not trust him as far as i could throw him!!
  2. Kay posted on 01/18/2013 03:15 PM
    What is the total budget our tax money is being used for the OLF, for Lisee's salary dedicated to English and that song for $20,000. All for a language??
    I want my portion of my taxes back for any dollars that go toward this ridiculous non-issue.
  3. sam posted on 01/19/2013 10:49 AM
    I love how he paints this warm and fuzzy like impression of what we anglos mean to Quebec.. What a load of crock. I seriously invite this man to spend one day speaking Anglo ..one full 24 hour span and see what crap is slung at him from his own.
    1. Renee Houde posted on 02/03/2013 01:33 AM
      @sam This interview was very interesting.

      I am a francophone but I have trouble in believing separatist because they have done so much damage to Quebec's communities, dividing us and crushing our economy with language discrimination.

      M. Lisée are you sounding reasonable just to calm us down....it is not going to work. We are furious! Rights should not be fooled around with. Get rid of Bill 14 because Bill101 is bad enough!

      There is an American who started a Petition, Quebec's image is being tarnished due to the PQ'slack of respect for its minority..https://www.change.org/petitions/petition-to-stop-ethnic-cleansing-in-quebec-stop-the-persecution-of-the-english-language-in-quebec?utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=url_share&utm_campaign=url_share_after_sign
  4. Bilingual Montreal posted on 02/09/2013 11:21 PM
    "Allowing for the anglicization of services, and encouraging the STM to require employees to serve English-speaking customers in English, as the PQ minister proposes, is totally unacceptable and contrary to the goals of its language policy, which aims to make French the common public language. The practice also sabotages the policy of francizing immigrants because, in practice, it's impossible to distinguish a 'real' anglophone from any other person asking for English services."

    - Is Mr Beaulieu suggesting, as a last pathetic attempt to securing public support for his unilingual cause, that we itemize Anglophones eligible for English service in Montreal?

    "A statement from the Gatineau-based group Impératif Français, meanwhile, strikes a similar tone, saying the refusal to learn and use French doesn't give anyone the right to 'anglicize Quebec, demand institutional bilingualism, deprive workers the right to exercise their functions in French, and to earn their living!"

    - In Montreal, it requires two languages. I am sorry to see, that some groups, believing t be influential miles away, still don’t understand the essence of this city. We don’t deprive anyone of functioning in French, we DEMAND municipal, provincial and federal essential services, services we pay for, are bilingual. As well as appreciation for our special history and culture.
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