Greenfield Park's Myles defiant: will speak English at council meetings

The president of the borough of Greenfield Park is being slammed for speaking bilingually at meetings of the Longueuil city council.

During the question period at this week's meeting, two citizens asked Robert Myles why he insisted on addressing council first in French, then translating his comments into English.

The two women said he had no right to do so because, unlike Greenfield Park, Longueuil does not have bilingual status.

They also said that as Longueuil's opposition leader, he is obliged to speak only in French because the vast majority of the city's residents are francophone.

Myles is defiant.

"It is my right to defend the citizens of the City of Longueuil who are anglophones or allophones and I have no problem with that whatsoever. I will continue doing that," he told CJAD.

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  1. sam posted on 03/20/2014 01:38 PM
    Another Language Criminal !!! And off island too ! Such wanton lawlessness!
  2. ric posted on 03/20/2014 02:57 PM
    If these two pqists didn't like it, they could have left the room. Good show Mr. Myles, keep it up.
    1. I Speak E F posted on 03/20/2014 04:02 PM
      @ric Yes, "Good show" !
  3. rosa posted on 03/20/2014 04:37 PM
    Thank you Mr. Myles.

    Why should we have to defend ourselves to closed minded individuals?
    Inclusion, openness, freedom of language, freedom of religion..... is the way to make Canada (and Quebec) a first rate place to live.

    Your simple gesture makes a big impact that unites, rather than divides.
    Keep up the battle for what is good and right.

    R. Cara
    1. cheryl posted on 03/20/2014 08:32 PM
      @rosa we are a bilingual town here and we should be able to speak both languages wtg bob
  4. Yvon posted on 03/20/2014 05:11 PM
    And as M. Myles will certainly remember, there was a time, not so long ago, when if you asked a question in french, at city council, mayor Stephen Olinyk would ridicule you publicly. M. Myles is right to do what he's doing, but Let's not forget that, EVEN, in Quebec, there are still quite a lot of places where a francophone cannot be served in french.
    1. Enzo posted on 03/26/2014 05:36 PM
      @Yvon "Cannot be served in French" - name one! You are faling in to the PQ trap - saying all kinds of things with no factual basis, then having to eat your words
  5. Murray posted on 03/20/2014 06:15 PM
    The Cities and Towns Act advises that anyone present at a council meeting may ask a question. They need NOT live in the municipality and they may not be discriminated against any way shape or form (I am suing Montreal for being refused the right to ask a question.)

    I encourage everyone to go to the upcoming council meetings and ask any questions that their little heart desire and do so IN ENGLISH. Generally only 3 questions may be asked on a single topic so if 3 people before you ask questions ask the mayor why does Quebec have the lowest level of charitable giving of both Canada and the USA. Why does Quebec have the lowest rate of voluntarism, the highest rate of pet abandonment, the highest rate of high school dropouts, the lowest rate of entrepreneurs, etc. They do not have to answer questions BUT they will definitely get the hint.
  6. bob posted on 03/20/2014 06:27 PM
    I did not know that is was illegal to speak english here. What are the 2 girls getting at,
    this is still a democratic country and untill they split, and only untill they seperate I will not conform to their nazi laws
  7. Michael posted on 03/20/2014 07:11 PM
    Greenfield Park should be given the opportunity to secede from Longueuil. Greenfield Park is and always has been very English, while Longueuil and Saint-Hubert are overwhelmingly French (and very péquiste). The only reason Greenfield Park did not demerge in 2006 is because they did not get a high enough turnout. If they were to be paired with another city, they'd be MUCH better off with Saint-Lambert or Brossard.
  8. Mark P posted on 03/21/2014 12:17 AM
    Thank you for welcoming and being of service to all in your borough. Well done. Merci d'acceullir et de servir toutes les personnes dans votre arrondissement . Bien fait.
  9. Donna savage posted on 03/21/2014 10:04 AM
    This is why I voted for this man. He has integrity
  10. Paul Boudreau posted on 03/21/2014 10:26 AM
    Bravo Bob. Lets prove that democracy is not yet dead. Discrimination is a cancer in our society and must be stamped out.
  11. Tom posted on 03/21/2014 05:54 PM
    Merci/Thank you, Robert/Robert. C'est/It's Fantastique!/Fantastic! Bon courage!/Keep it up!
  12. Terry posted on 05/21/2014 12:22 PM
    Thanks Mr. Myles for having the courage to stand up for your beliefs.
  13. Nola Kendall posted on 07/04/2014 11:11 AM
    Good for you Mr. Myles. I was born and brought up in Greenfield Park and I think it is a shame that those who oppose speaking the two languages are idiots . If these people would just let folks get on with their lives, there would be no such issues. It is not the common everyday joe that is causing the problems. Just a bunch of separatists.
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