Head of OQLF quits in the wake of Pastagate
The head of the Office québécois de la langue française is throwing in the towel.
Louise Marchand is quitting her post, in the wake of the firestorm created by Pastagate and other embarrassing incidents involving the OQLF.
The minister responsible for Bill 101, Diane de Courcy, made the announcement this morning, as she was announcing highlights of a new internal review of OQLF practices, specifically pertaining to how it deals with complaints.
The OQLF has been getting torrents of negative press, both in Quebec and around the world, after it was revealed by CJAD's Dan Delmar that the owner of the upscale restaurant Buonanotte on St. Laurent Blvd. got cited by the OQLF for his apparent illegal use of the word 'pasta' and several other Italian words on his menus.
The OQLF later dropped the complaint.
This morning, de Courcy also announced a series of measures that would see a better collaboration between OQLF inspectors and businesses that are the subject of complaints, with a view toward changing the 'culture' of the organization.
Among other things, the report calls for a new position to be created at the agency to field complaints from merchants who believe they're being unfairly targeted.
The full report on the OQLF is available here.