Complaint: English-only election briefing on West Island

A man who'll be working at a West Island polling station on election day is complaining because the training session he attended in Robert Baldwin riding was conducted in English only.

Sylvain Laquerre told the Journal de MOntreal that at least half of the 30 or so people at the training were francophone but the organizers spoke only English, at times using election jargon that he felt inexperienced workers would not understand.

The riding's elections chief says it 28 training sessions are conducted in French and seven in English, but the labeling may have been unclear.

He also says all workers, both anglophone and francophone, are advised to attend a session in each language to familiarize themselves with voting-related jargon.

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  1. Harry posted on 03/31/2014 01:31 PM
    Briefings should be in both official languages. I attended several of these briefings back in the day, and there was no problem. If this is an issue, it is caused by the D.G.E .Q.
    1. Marc Gentry posted on 03/31/2014 05:12 PM
      @Harry How can training be ONLY in english when it is supposed to be in both languages? this is not right....the man has a point and valid argument.
  2. reebo posted on 03/31/2014 08:18 PM
    this won't be an issue when the west island separates from quebec and joins ontario. Pauline said it herself, there will be no borders, so everything will remain exactly as it is, but for a few differences:
    1. No bill 101. Freedom of choice for schools, signs, etc.
    2. Your provincial taxes will decrease by 30%
    3. Your house price will increase by 30%
    We already have a major hospital, schools, water treatment,airport.
    Sounds like a win-win to me. Yes! And it becomes possible!
  3. Moira posted on 03/31/2014 11:54 PM
    I have worked at all the elections for many years and was not aware that training meetings were even available in English for provincial elections. I worked in Marquette riding (Dorval/Lachine) and have always had to attend provincial elections training in french. We were never given a choice. The booklets we follow are available in both languages.
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