Official Languages Commissioner Graham Fraser will launch a formal investigation into the use of the French language in the ceremonies.
You have to be kidding me.
To Canadians who have not been fully bathed in official Ottawa or are not fully versed in the fact the French is one of the official languages of the International Olympic Committee, Friday’s ceremonies likely had just enough French or for many far too much. These are after all the games billed as Vancouver 2010. We had a pop song by Garou, a speech in French by IOC President Jacques Rogge, an oath read out for all officials and every single announcement made in French first. (…)
I could go on about how the Francophone population of British Columbia is tiny, or point out that Francophones make up just 22% of Canada’s population but all of that would be brushed aside by Canada’s official bilingualism and the buckets of money the federal government have poured into these games.
Instead, let’s turn to one of the main complainants, Jean Charest, and see how he conducts himself.
Few people in this country have attended a Jean Charest news conference, I unfortunately have attended several…