PQ unimpressed with English in budget speech

Maka Kotto

The Parti Quebecois' language critic Maka Kotto is unhappy with the Quebec finance minister's "bilingual" budget speech.

Earlier this month, minister Carlos Leitao made five declarations in English over the course of his hour-and-twenty-minute-long speech.

They added up to 293 English words, or 2.8 per cent, of his otherwise mostly French presentation.

Kotto says the Liberals are justifying bilingualism. During a National Assembly committee hearing, he asked the language minister whether this, as well as the return of intensive English classes, was the result of improvisation or negligence.

"Several organizations have deplored that the minister of Finance, the first in 50 years it seems, proceeded in French and English," says Kotto.

He says he takes no issue with Leitao's use of a Portuguese expression in the speech because the minister translated it afterward.

Kotto read out a quote from union leader Lucie Martineau, who said high-level ministers should use French to set an example for newcomers.

Kotto and Leitao are, in fact, both originally from countries other than Canada, and are both allophones who speak fluent French.

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  1. rick posted on 06/30/2014 05:05 PM
    OMG the dreaded English language we can't have that people might think we are possessed by demons. GIVE ME A BREAK. It's getting ridiculous
  2. Steve posted on 06/30/2014 05:15 PM
    There is NOTHING that makes me sicker than an Immigrant who is welcomed to this country,and then enters politics with the hope of breaking up the same country that let him in.Deportation or jail time would be too good for him.What about his swearing in as a Canadian! Treason!! Sickening!!!
  3. GT posted on 06/30/2014 05:33 PM
    Maka Kotto is coo coo!
  4. Joseph posted on 06/30/2014 05:51 PM
    This clown should go back to acting.
  5. Tom posted on 06/30/2014 06:13 PM
    Why do you keep reporting on everytike the PQ is unhappy? During the last election a majority of Quebecers made it perfectly clear that we no longer care what the PQ think. Please stop giving them a soap box to announce on. This is not news, cjad stop being lazy and present real news!
  6. clint posted on 06/30/2014 07:39 PM
    ....and the population was unimpressed by the P.Q.
    NEXT !
  7. Azshadore posted on 06/30/2014 08:27 PM
    Mr. Maka Kotto.....Wake up and smell the coffee!!!! You live in Canada!....You should be proud instead of critical that the Quebec population speaks 2 or more languages!!!!

    M. Maka Kotto, tu devrais etre fiere que la population peux communiquer dans 2 + languages
  8. Paul Diogo posted on 06/30/2014 08:56 PM
    Quick, get Mr. Kotto a new job at the OLF, they need people that can count vile and offensive English words. Has the PQ not taken notice of what this kind of oblique intolerance has done to their party.... oh well, ignorance is bliss I guess.
  9. Joe posted on 06/30/2014 10:16 PM
    Maybe Monsieur Kotto has not read the polls or surveys lately. His clans ideals are a dying breed and helped kick him and the clan to the curb for Tuesday morning pick up. He forgets that people that people that speak other than pure laine are paying taxes (which basically entitles them to hear it in their own language) and pays this losers salary. So enjoy the 4 year holiday and give the finance minister a chance to clean up the mess that financial wizard Mick Marceau left behind.
  10. Marilyn Dye posted on 07/01/2014 02:32 AM
    As a displaced bilingual Anglophone from Quebec...........I am sad to read that after all these years someone could be upset over the fact that 2.8% of a speech was given in English. There was a time (when I was young) when English and French were spoken by all children in order to communicate with each other. Wish the adults could return to those days!
  11. Paul posted on 07/01/2014 03:56 AM
    Isn't it time that Kotto accept that English is a part of Quebec and has been for over 350 years?
  12. joanne scullion posted on 07/01/2014 04:12 AM
    only in Canada can you ,take a oath of allegiance and then become involved in a movement to break up that same country, To add insult to injury , try to deny community its linguistic rights, sheer ignorance, and hypocrisy
  13. DonaldD_2 posted on 07/01/2014 08:17 AM
    Isn't Canada wonderful. It welcomes people like Mr. Kotto with open arms. It allows him the privilege of becoming a citizen then let's him join a party whose purpose is to separate from Canada. Something wrong with this picture? There are many people who would give their right arm to become a Canadian citizen. If he doesn't like being a Canadian maybe he should go back to Cameroon and try again if and when Quebec ever does separate.
  14. Cyberdude posted on 07/01/2014 10:22 AM
    Mr. Maka Kotto, the country you emigrated too is Canada...NOT Quebec. Canada has TWO official languages. For your information, English is one of them.

    Ten percent of the population of Quebec have English as their mother tongue. If an elected member of the Quebec parliament chooses to use 2.8% of his/her words in the other official language of the country, in an effort to show respect and consideration for them as Quebec citizens, it is an action to be applauded, not denigrated.

    Perhaps you should turn your attention back to the pressing matter of legislating bookstore business models and leave the heavy lifting to those with broader minds.
  15. ssm posted on 07/01/2014 03:39 PM
    Hardly surprising. The Parti Quebecois has a pathological hate for anything that hints at reality, especially the multicultural realities of cosmopolitan worldly cities like Montreal. Speaking anything but Quebec French hints that the French Façade of Montreal is in reality nothing but a façcade and not the oft repeated mantric "Face"
  16. Paul posted on 07/02/2014 12:24 PM
    Petty, backwards, childish, inappropriate, counter-productive, xenophobic, these are a few adjectives that pop into mind whenever a member of the PQ says anything. It's distasteful comments such as this that have led to the PQs demise, keep up the good work and hopefully we can get completely rid of you once and for all.
    1. chuck posted on 07/15/2014 04:24 PM
      @Paul well said..he fits right in to the PQ.
  17. LMAO posted on 07/02/2014 03:16 PM
    The Parti Quebecois' language critic Maka Kotto is unhappy with the Quebec finance minister's "bilingual" budget speech.

    I was equally unimpressed with the PQ budgets as well as they did nothing to improve the Province so what's your point??
  18. Ben posted on 07/03/2014 03:18 PM
    Kotto needs to get a life... The PQ is so disconnected with reality... We need more english and our kids, all our kids need to have the opportunity to be fluently bilingual.

    et en passant je suis un francophone....
  19. John posted on 07/07/2014 06:49 PM
    Wow. Language critic for the Parti Québécois. Get a real job loser.
  20. Mike posted on 09/11/2014 12:46 PM
    Oh no, 293 English words inserted among roughly 10,500 words, whatever will we do now!!! Twits.
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