Language cops back off Gatineau business for English Facebook posts

Eva Cooper

It was a move that caused many business owners to second guess what they post on social media.

Eve Cooper, owner of Delilah sur le Parc in the Gatineau area, posted business promos on her business Facebook page. 

She received a letter from Quebec's langugage police saying she must translate her posts, otherwise face a fine and further legal troubles.

“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 at the time. 

Cooper received a call from another civil servant at the OQLF offices Monday with some clarifications.

"If I have a word or a sentence [in French], then I'm A-ok," Cooper said.

She also said the law, as it stands, does not have any clear parameters for social media.

"I feel like they're trying to amend that law without really doing it the way it should be done."

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  1. Marc posted on 03/04/2014 05:56 AM
    Isn'it it funny how it blew away just like that. Whenever I see these stories pop up I have a chicken vs egg moment - I wonder if the OQLF is maybe actually smarter than they appear to be - what if they are knowingly making these ridiculous threats in order for some people to just get up and make an issue to the media, after which they appear to flip-flop and back down.

    Just the fact that they are getting the media attention is huge! People (such as myself) forwarded the initial story to business owner acquaintances and spread the fear - hey, this is better than a paid ad and all it cost was a stamp! It's target marketing at its best and in reality, it doesn't matter that they back down afterwards - many people will just go with the initial reaction "just in case".

    I think that perhaps we are being made an international laughing stock of on purpose.

    I think that perhaps there's an evil master plan behind all of this and that it is not just an unwilling public display of incompetence.

    Then I wake up.
  2. clint posted on 03/04/2014 06:51 AM
    She still doesn't have a choice. She had to promise to post in both languages in order to not get the fine.....blackmail where i come from.
  3. joeN posted on 03/04/2014 08:08 AM
    They backed off for now but if the PQ wins expect more extreme language controls come out with a vengence. This seems to be the PQ's mission in life.
  4. JohnH- posted on 03/04/2014 10:06 AM
    At what time did the PQ take over the WWW?
  5. mike posted on 03/04/2014 06:56 PM
    I was on a site on facebook where you could sell things after I posted my add this is what was sent to me,

    Votre annonce pour le set de salle à diner sur le groupe À DONNE, VENDRE OU ÉCHANGER, RIGAUD, HUDSON STE-MARTHE doit être écrit en FRANCAIS SVP.

    what a place we live in,,,,
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