'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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