OQLF targets small boutique for English Facebook posts


A small fashion shop in Chelsea near Gatineau is the latest business to be hit by the language police.

Delilah in the Parc received a letter from the OQLF last week because of the lack of French on its Facebook page.

“When I opened it, I was in shock, it said there had been a complaint about my Facebook page not being in French and that I would need to switch it over and make sure all of my posts were in French,” Eva Cooper, the owner of the shop, said.

Cooper, who also has a store in Ottawa, said she complies with all the language laws and that there is too much of a grey zone when it comes to language rules on social media.

“I post in English and in French, so it is unclear how they want me to post.”

The OQLF said it investigated her page and that because it is being used for a business, all posts must be in French or bilingual.

“It is not the fact that it is social media, it is about the fact that it is commercial publicity and advertising,” Jean-Pierre Leblanc, OQLF spokesperson said.

Leblanc said when posting a reply to a customer, who posted in English, the use of English is permitted.

Cooper has asked the OQLF to send a letter with clear explanations, in English, before she decides to make any changes.

The OQLF said if nothing is done before March 10, she could be fined.

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  1. clint posted on 02/27/2014 03:20 PM
    "The OQLF said if nothing is done before March 10, she could be fined. "
    For what ?....having a FB account ?
  2. Ceski posted on 02/27/2014 03:45 PM
    Can you feature this in your Round table discussion and if possible obtain a legal opinion? What is the OLF's legal jurisdiction on the Internet? Facebook? What of companies that % of online activities is to attract sales from outside the province ? I'll be following this closely.
  3. George73 posted on 02/27/2014 03:45 PM
    I really don't believe that the OQLF has any jurisdiction over Facebook.

    What i do believe though is that since Quebec is financially in dire straits that it needs to have an external and independent audit of the civil service starting with the OQLF. These civil service language hounds have nice salaries and pensions paid for solely by taxpayers such as the owner of the store in Chelsea. I wonder whether an ER nurse would approve of tax payer money going into the salaries of individuals at the OQLF who have no madate other than the persecution of anglophones.

    And the Quebec government has international Facebook pages that are only in English!

    Marois needs to get her attack dogs under control, otherwise at some point the hands that feed her will bite back.
  4. Mark posted on 02/27/2014 07:37 PM
    Got to love this bloody provimce and the insane language laws and the Keystone Cops. Only here would they try to stifle entrepreneurship because of Heaven forbid..English. If it keeps up much longer, I'll be out of here to Ontario where none of this b.s. is happening
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