Montreal Area Teen Quits IGA After Being Told that She Can’t Speak English While on Breaks – June 26, 2013

Montreal Area Teen Quits IGA After Being Told that She Can’t Speak English While on Breaks – June 26, 2013

meghan moranCFN – Can you imagine an employee here in Ontario being told that they could not speak French while at work?   Could you imagine that same employee being told that they could not speak French on their break on site with another employee?

That’s exactly what’s happened to young Meghan Moran who quit her part time job with a St. Lambert IGA after she and other employees felt threatened by not being able to speak to each other in English.

“It’s just about the principle. You should be able to speak whatever you like. I understand if they want to impose (some rules) — I’m not going to talk to clients in English, I would talk to them in French — but if I want to talk to my friend on my break in English, I should be allowed,” she said. “It’s becoming too restrictive.”

CTV in Montreal broke the story.   LINK  

Why on earth should she not be able to speak English even while working?  Could you imagine anywhere in Canada where an employee would be chastised for speaking French?

What is the point of having bilingualism in Canada with that type of mentality?  Is Quebec to be radically unilingual French and the rest of Canada bilingual?  That duck doesn’t dance.

The Language Nazi owner of the IGA, a Madame Louise Menard was referred to by a manager;

Madame Menard is French Canadian – who signs the paycheques.  She’s asking that inside these walls people speak the language of work which is Quebec’s Language, it’s the law.

It’s actually not the law and it’s people like Madame Menard that shame Quebec and Canada.  And of course it’s Canadians that allow this creeping linguistic racism and intolerance to abide unchecked.

If Canada is to be Socially Engineered to be bilingual then that has to exist in Quebec too, and shameful and disgusting acts like this have to be publicly and loudly condemned.

Will we hear comments by Stephen Harper, Thomas Mulcair, or Justin Trudeau?    Ms Moran was fully bilingual.  It’s not about picking on some poor Unilingual Anglo as they could never be hired in Ms Menard’s IGA.

Kinda makes you not want to ever shop in any IGA again, no?

What do you think dear viewers of CFN?  Should there be a penalty or pushback against the intolerance of people like Louise Menard?

You can post your comments below.

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105 Comments on "Montreal Area Teen Quits IGA After Being Told that She Can’t Speak English While on Breaks – June 26, 2013"

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@ItHappenedInCornwallToo RE: POST on July 2, 2013 at 3:27 pm. You do have a point IHICT and you are right about this kind of language situation being a situation that is NOT “a positive” either way. However, it should be noted that these two scenarios cannot and should not be compared as “the same.” There are SOME MAJOR differences that one must take into account when comparing such situations. The more important of these differences is the fact that Canada is — THE COUNTRY — In this scenario. Despite how many radical French individuals wish to view the concept of… Read more »
This is just another example of what goes on in some areas of Quebec under Quebec’s fascist style language laws. I live close to this particular IGA store and up to now do my weekly grocery shopping there…..UP TO NOW….maybe I should consider shopping at the nearby Provigo instead! What I don’t understand is that this particular IGA is located on the boarder of Saint-Lambert and GreenfieldPark, the later of which still has a sizable English population. I believe it about time that the English population of the PROVINCE of Quebec spend their hard earned money at English friendly stores… Read more »
I’ve read these one hundred posts and marvel at the anger and black & white view of the issue. Language politics are always at play in Quebec and I don’t miss it as I am a now Quebec refugee turned Ontario taxpayer and loving it, not the taxes. Ironically the St.Lambert IGA is several hundred feet from the ancient school that was the birthplace of Canada’s french immersion program. My parents, now St.Lambert residents, told me that when McGill University launched this ‘new’ french immersion test program, the principal of the school did not publicize it because he was against… Read more »
kat lyn

It’s called seperatism in my opinion , when are people going to let others be themselves rather who they would like us to be, its a free world where we should be able to speak our prefered language unless being paid to do otherwise ( for communication) purposes. Let’s Get it Together and show peace in the world ,Amen!

kat lyn

In my opinion, it’s called seperatism and people who believe we should be as they would want us to be , rather than be ourselves. Unless , you’re doing a job and being paid to have the communication skills during THAT work-time ( excluding breaks) , language speaking becomes our OWN preference.