Casino openly flouting Quebec's language laws

An example of a slot machine with an English-only name and instructions.
Tina Tenneriello/CJAD

The Montreal Casino, an institution owned and operated by the Quebec government, is openly violating one of its most cherished pieces of legislation — Bill 101.

There are 3200 gambling machines at the Casino, and many of them function in English only.

The OQLF says since 2007 there has been one or two complaints a year about the French, or lack thereof, at the Casino.

Jean-Pierre Leblanc with the OQLF says they are working with the Casino to get the machines modified, but it may take years.

"I can't give you a date, because it's a continuous process; new machines are coming," Leblanc says. "We have a person here that works with them but it is a long process."

Loto-Quebec says it does buy French versions when possible, but goes with English-only machines if requiring French means delivery delays.

It says gamblers should find French instructions on the sides of each of the English-only machines.

Last week CJAD host Dan Delmar's company received a complaint because it's web site was not bilingual. The OQLF said he had six months to translate his web site or threatened legal action.

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  1. jonico posted on 02/10/2014 02:36 PM
    That is hilarious!!!!! Double standards???!!!!
    1. LMAO posted on 02/10/2014 03:57 PM
      @jonico No it's okay to break the law the PM said so herself. Let's face it they will never close any of the casinos over this will they.
  2. joeN posted on 02/10/2014 02:42 PM
    Double standards, here it's a government run organization and it's ok to stretch the timelines whereas when it involves some small operator in Quebec like Dan Delmar, it's the heavy guns approach. Hypocrites!!!!
  3. clint posted on 02/10/2014 02:56 PM
    Hmm maybe a boycott of the casino should be the English.
    Or all English machines should be turned off till a French version is available.
    Do the English machines pay out half as much as the french ones?
  4. Paul posted on 02/10/2014 02:57 PM
    They could order the French models but because of a delay, they choose to order the English models and then have them modified later?
    How ridiculous.
    Here is a better solution: order the French ones and wait like the rest of the Province has to.
  5. Lynda Bray posted on 02/10/2014 07:04 PM
    how does that expression go? "What's good for the goose…"
  6. steve posted on 02/10/2014 07:45 PM
    So English only machines are acceptable as long as tax dollars are fed into them. what bunch of hypocritical bozo's.I guess those couple of people who make most of the complaints to the OLF can't afford to gamble.A welfare cheque only goes so far!
  7. Ryan posted on 02/10/2014 08:25 PM
    I see how this can be used against them..
    Anyone who has English signs in their business should order an English slot machine. I know there is red tape regarding slot machines but only if it uses real money, not if its for coupons. I figure arcade machines fall into this category also.
  8. Anne Brunet posted on 02/10/2014 09:26 PM
    How is it even possible that LOTO-QUEBEC can get these 'illegally English' slot machines into Quebec when the average Joe in this province can't always get stuff shipped to Quebec if it's not available in French? Businesses must spend precious $$$ to change software into French, they must ensure all signage, advertising and brochures are in French, and must constantly be on the lookout for Language Spies, yet when it comes to their own benefit, the rules can be bent and threats of search and seizure don't apply to LOTO-QUEBEC? How about leaving the rest of us alone now that it's apparent that the rules don't always apply?
    1. joeN posted on 02/11/2014 11:49 AM
      @Anne Brunet Well said!
    2. AnneD_3569 posted on 02/16/2014 10:55 AM
      @Anne Brunet "Leave us alone .! That group of words need to be emblazoned on to anything that will accept ink ! tee shirts, flags, mugs, car bumpers, tattoos, Hijabs, Turbans, kappa's ... in fact everything ! "Go Canada Go" Lets get back that which has been stolen " !
  9. GJ posted on 02/10/2014 10:32 PM
    Everyone - your time is way too valuable to be wasting it on this.
    1. al posted on 02/11/2014 05:13 PM
      @GJ This is so funny and a good time well spent to have a good big laugh.
      Ha Ha Ha. We don't win there anyways and it's a good time for the english and minorities to protest by not going there and don't buy lotos for a month. If they don't like the english machines then don't give them the english monies.. Imagine the monies you will save save...not lose.
      Marois will have less to spend...Flyers not in english don't buy..
      Canada gave us the right to speak english and we will keep that right..
    2. AnneD_3569 posted on 02/16/2014 11:00 AM
      @GJ Too valuable to be 'wasted on this" ? the subject is inane -yes , but it is one of many "inane' subjects that are all over the place In Quebec ! Everywhere you look the PQ are stealing from us ! We must expose them ! We must needle and complain and publish everything they do ! Nothing is too small that it doesn't warrant being exposed, Nothing !!
  10. sam posted on 02/11/2014 01:12 AM
    Does ANYBODY really think that the Restrictions on Minority Languages actually apply to the non minority? HAH HAH HAH HAH HAH HAH
    1. AnneD_3569 posted on 02/16/2014 11:04 AM
      @sam This would indeed be "Funny' if "Monty Python" was working on a new script ! what is Hilarious to the rest of the world owes its origin to Quebec ! Quebec should be suing for "Royalties" ( maybe it already is...?)
  11. Richard posted on 02/16/2014 10:06 AM
    The OQLF says that since 2007 there have been one or 2 complaints a year

    Why are they not doing something about it?

    Didnt the say that we have to respect the law when it comes to bill 60
  12. Johnny NoName posted on 03/02/2014 04:49 PM
    What people should do is each and everyone should file a complain about the casino to the language police. Then with too many complains, they will have no choice but to act on it. If they don't, there is gonna be a reason to write an article about the OLF are selective about who they are attacking. Which is a kind of discrimination.
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