English at the Francos: Concert of the Critics and Quebec Intervention

This was announced by the office of Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette, who has just passed a new law on the use of French in Quebec Appropriate corrections may be necessary.

Should the situations described prove to be justified, this is absolutely unacceptable and disrespectful on the part of the company. The working language in Quebec is French. »

A quote from Élisabeth Gosselin, Spokeswoman for Minister for the French Language Simon Jolin-Barrette

Technicians and clerks told Radio-Canada that certain instructions would be in English only and meetings would sometimes be held in English.

“Unacceptable,” said Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante. We want Montrealers to be able to work in French in Montreal. She also asked the owners of the Francos to explain themselves.

The company evenko referred us to the answers already formulated by its subsidiary Équipe Spectra, according to which the company values ​​French but also respects diversity and inclusion.

Équipe Spectra values ​​French in all official internal communications, both by choice and by law. »

A quote from Christine Montreuil, Evenko spokeswoman

The President of the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Society, Marie-Anne Alepin, who is also an actress and producer, was not reassured by the reasons given. She finds the situation “maddening and inexcusable”.

In Québec, French is the working and internal communication language in companies, she recalls. If there is one actor in the cultural community who should be sensitive to the respect, protection and promotion of French at work, it is the producer of Les Francos!

According to our sources, English has earned a place in the organization of the Francos in recent years, since Team Spectra was bought by evenko and the American company Live Nation.

Reactions in Quebec and Ottawa

Bloc Québécois chairman Yves-François Blanchet, who has worked with Équipe Spectra in the past, described the situation as “disappointing[e] “. He hopes for “an awakening and gestures”.

On the provincial scene, Parti Québécois leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon also used the adjective “heartbreaking,” before adding: There is one major trend that needs to be changed to preserve our language. And it’s urgent.

As for Québec solidaire, it recalls that Équipe Spectra receives subsidies from the state. MP Ruba Ghazal says the right of Équipe Spectra employees to work in French must be respected. Contrary to what the employer claims, this does not violate diversity and inclusion.

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