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Governor General and French | Dozens of complaints to the Commissioner of Official Languages

(Ottawa) Within a week, the Office of the Official Languages ​​Commissioner for Canada received nearly 200 complaints regarding the appointment of Governor-General Mary Simon, who did not speak French.


Melanie Marquis

Melanie Marquis
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“We have received 200 complaints so far regarding the appointment of a new governor-general,” Andrean Laporte, a spokesman for the Independent Parliamentary Organization, said in an email on Wednesday.

For reasons of confidentiality, he did not want to specify which sections of the Official Languages ​​Act were used, which would lead to an inquiry by the Office of Commissioner Raymond Tiberke into some of these complaints.

“We have to determine the merits of every complaint we receive regarding the appointment of the Governor-General, so we cannot confirm whether they are acceptable, whether we will investigate or any part of the investigation. Law The target will be set, ”he saidMe Laporte.

On the day of the appointment of Mary Simon, who did not speak Moliere’s language, the commissioner greeted him on Twitter, while “like many others, Mr.Me Simon does not speak French. ”

Former diplomat, Mary Simon speaks English and Inuktitut. At a press conference scheduled to announce his appointment on July 6, he promised to take French lessons.

His official appointment is scheduled for July 26.

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