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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These people are the most racist, bigoted, corrupt, xenophobic people in all of North America. If the world only knew what was going on in Canada, what the French were really up to…along with the racist anti-English language laws in Quebec a la bills 22, 178, 101…they have bragged about taking all of Canada and everything seems to be going as planned…”first Quebec, then the rest of the country…one step at a time…” PET, “how to take over a country through bilingualism…” SD Quebec has been robbing Canada blind for decades now. Since Trudeau and his gang of “French” bigots… Read more »

Eric
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Eric

Dave Windsor, you have been coming here a long time and are very reasonable and intelligent from what I read. Please don’t let reasonable come off as appeasement or diversions or technicalities of a “break” get in the way of the message. The manager outlawed a spoken language in the backroom of a workplace and, where is this getting along taking us?

bedfordst
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bedfordst

You people make my point for me. Intollerance on both sides.

bella-b
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bella-b

I don’t think I’m being intolerant by asking a question about policy. I think respect is a two way street and if I were to begin posting on any internet forum in any language besides that which is being “spoken” I would expect to be chastised and reprimanded. If I were standing in a group of people having a conversation would you walk up and begin speaking another language, engaging only 3 of 7 or 10 or 4 of the participants? Would that be acceptable in polite society? Perhaps the internet is too wild west for me. Manners and the… Read more »

peter
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peter

@ trembly

You are not happy that the majority of CANADIANS ( 93% ) don’t favor forced bilingualism, then go to unilingual quebec and vote OUI, as you say do the right thing

As per your reference QUIT CANADA, because we sure as hell ARE NOT GOING TO CHANGE. We are a country that is 17% bilingual, not exactly an endorsement for bilingualism, regardless of what forced policy or laws that Canada, tries to impose on us.

highlander
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highlander

Richard tremblay June 28, 2013 at 11:53 am ” Goes back to what I said, curtesy. Taping your employer, contesting what she said to the point of arguing with her, again IGA might have dodged a bullet. The girl did what she should have, you are not happy at your current job. QUIT.” First of all Richard they violated her rights to freedom of expression ,courtesy would have been to allow them on their break to speak their language of choice. If she had not taped the employers conversation with her ,management like politicians they would deny,deny,deny . But now… Read more »

peter
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peter

@ bedfordst Lest see: Bill 101, bill 178, the notwithstanding clause, the official bilingual act, the Ontario french services act ( passed in the middle of the night when only 50% of the Ontario legislature was present) FLQ bombings, murder of Pierre LaPorte, kidnapping of James Cross. restrictive English education in quebec. A quarter of a trillion dollars to quebec in transfer payments and grants since 1958, and yet no business owner may post an English sign . An ambulance paramedic, refuses to treat a 3 years sick English child, because she is English. Pasta gate, and the penis ring… Read more »

stellabystarlight
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stellabystarlight

To all the peace loving Canadians, who appreciate this beautiful country and are true patriots

“HAPPY CANADA DAY/WEEKEND”

As one nation let us gather together to celebrate our freedoms and diversity.

Edudyorlik
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To those who “try to make” direct comparisons about how someone in ANY OTHER PART OF CANADA other than Quebec has difficulty finding someone in a store or whatever to help them in French, let’s just get something straight and on the table. THIS COUNTRY is predominantly ENGLISH and the “COMMON LANGUEG IN CANADA IS ENGLISH. These two “situations” CANNOT be compared on a direct one to one basis. PERIOD. SECOND — Since it is VERY CLEAR that Quebec uses the “self proclaimed rule” which states — We here in Quebec are 80% French so therefore we don’t have to… Read more »

stellabystarlight
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stellabystarlight

galganov, I truly do not have a problem with equality and tolerance if taken in the proper perspective. When English radicals, like yourself, go to extremes, it becomes intolerable to the majority. Tu comprends? As for Meghan, the fact that she taped the scene sends a clear message of what she was up to. Was it a challenge towards her employer? Whether on break/lunch or anywhere else on the employer’s property, the rules are the rules. The employer has the right to set the rules, the employee must abide by those rules. Not complicated. If one doesn’t like the rules,… Read more »

peter
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peter

Happy Canada day to the nine Canadian provinces and territories that respect both OFFICIAL languages. Happy Canada day to the CANADIANS of the tenth province ( quebec) that respect English as much as they respect french

This tenth province hopefully will be able to have their own country and freedom to do as they wish in their own homophobic and xenaphobic society

stellabystarlight
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stellabystarlight

THIS GREAT COUNTRY HAS TWO OFFICIAL LANGUAGES

FRANCAIS ET ANGLAIS.

TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT!!!!!

Dave Windsor
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Dave Windsor

Eric, thanks for the kind parts….. Appeasement, not really. Company time and personal time do assume different assumptions on ‘both’ manager and staff. The thing of it is, in my limited view, that staff moral…for the majority, with some of whom may not speak English and from my experiences in the past at my Ontario work place, often some staff would ‘purposely’ talk privately or in ‘secret’ so the ENGLISH could not understand their talk and their giggles and smiles as if tainting the English. In this case that situation was in reverse. How do we know that the maybe… Read more »

Cory Cameron
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Cory Cameron

Perhaps someone could extend an invite to Meagan for The Canadian Rally Day this weekend in Montreal

bella-b
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bella-b

SURE IT DOES AND I’M GOOD WITH THAT.

BUT DON’T BE RUDE AND PUSHY ABOUT IT.

BE AS CONSIDERATE AS YOU EXPECT ME TO BE. NO MORE NO LESS.

*s*

Edudyorlik
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RE: The story about Montreal Area Teen just simply trying to be a teenager and make some extra money at her little job is told that She Can’t Speak English While on Breaks – June 26, 2013 IN a bigoted ethnocentric CANADIAN `province`where they believe their language and culture is better than everyone else’s language and culture and they believe they can treat Canadian citizens as if they are second class. June 26, 2013 at 9:33 pm stellabystarlight wrote, “She quit her job…..so be it. What is the big deal?” And thus, using her own words confirms to EVERYONE and… Read more »

Edudyorlik
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on June 26, 2013 at 11:53 pm Ex-quebecer wrote, “I think it is fear of losing their language that makes the French hang on to it so tightly and force it down everyone’s throat. If they were confident in their language, they might be surprised at the results!” Yes well, they have to go through the process of eliminating all the threat first. Then once they are DOMINANT they can go about “trying” to be confident. That’s THE WAY THEY OPERATE. Hit ya when you’re down but then when you’re just about OUT they jump up and down and claim… Read more »

Edudyorlik
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There is plenty more JUST under the surface…

Have a peek https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iGZE6zxoKQ

_____\||/
_____(o o)
—-ooO-(_)-Ooo——-

peter
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peter

@ David Windsor

The act that the supervisor, who commented that to allow English to be spoken, off the clock would create an English GHETTO, says it ALL about that person.

To refer to the language of Shakesphere as a ghetto language reflects her ignorance and racist leanings.

She is pure and simple, using what she thought was the law to as fuel for her anti -English sentiments and push her, and quebec’s anti-English aganda to the enth

David Oldham
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David Oldham

I agree STELLBYSTARLIGHT two official languages and if the SEPARTISTS do not like that fact of life in CANADA then I say to them you are welcome to leave anytime soon, the sooner the better. They represent the small cancerous group of misfits who fail to recognize the simple history of our great nation. France lost, England was victorious and those that chose to remain accepted the joint responsibility of developing a strong nation for all in harmony. Some forgot to leave and there is still time to go. Take a hike and get lost CANADA obviously will be better… Read more »

Richard tremblay
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Richard tremblay

Howard, no rights were violated. IF your on the premises of your employer even on your break he or she can decide what is best for his or her company. And, if the employer decides that to please her customers she wants her to address her customers in french first, so be it. I have been in to the IGA in saint-lambert, lachute, grenville and in all those three enterprises the service was IMPECCABLE. – keep it up Peter, you kinda remind me of sophia petrillo of the golden girls. If you don’t have a story or an experience that… Read more »

David Oldham
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David Oldham

I have no problem with an employer in the Province of Quebec demanding an employee to first greet a prospective customer en francais. But a break paid is personal time required by labour laws and therefore has no relationship to the company meet and greet policies. Trying to dictate what language one speaks on their legal break, not to be crass, is akin to telling someone that they can urinate on their break but not defecate. It is quite simply a ridiculous request of a completely unreasonable nature. However something quite expected of a separatist nes pas ?

peter
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peter

@ trembly, BTW:you still haven,t sent me the names of the businesse in Hull that have openly displayed English signage as you claimed in the past. Making things up hummmm Isn’t the golden girls an English show ?? AS for your wishing Canadians a happy Canada day, save your bias falsehoods for people such as stella and blind ignorant people who hate all that is English, and use the guise of Canada, to protect the very rights they and you are NOT ENTITLED TO See you at the rally, oh , I forgot its foi ONLY CANADIANS that believe in… Read more »

Edudyorlik
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On June 28, 2013 at 2:10 pm bedfordst wrote, “You people make my point for me. Intolerance on both sides.” Problem is bedfordst, the English TRIED being tolerant, nice, friendly, accommodating. Accommodating to the degree of labeling all products in the WHOLE country with half the product label in French just to appease a population (at the time when that began) of perhaps (i am guessing a bit) of maybe 2-8% outside the province of Quebec. Those are some small numbers to warrant ALL packaging having French labeling. And that was a mighty nice gesture for the English to accept… Read more »

highlander
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highlander

stellabystarlight June 28, 2013 at 4:22 pm

Well thanks Stella when I read it I felt it was about me.
***smile***

To all the peace loving Canadians, who appreciate this beautiful country and are true patriots

“HAPPY CANADA DAY/WEEKEND”

highlander
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highlander

stellabystarlight June 28, 2013 at 5:14 pm “galganov, I truly do not have a problem with equality and tolerance if taken in the proper perspective. When English radicals, like yourself, go to extremes, it becomes intolerable to the majority. ” Keep denying there Stella ,but I still haven’t seen you utter any negative comments to the group that is truly trying to separate our country your brethren the separatist.Nor a negative statement about your brethren when so many abuses by them A Separatist(Sep) in federalist clothing you are. It would be you stella to classify advocating for -EQUALITY and tolerance… Read more »

highlander
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highlander

stellabystarlight June 28, 2013 at 5:21 pm

” THIS GREAT COUNTRY HAS TWO OFFICIAL LANGUAGES”

Now if only Quebec would RESPECT the other official language .

highlander
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highlander

Edudyorlik June 28, 2013 at 6:27 pm

June 26, 2013 at 9:33 pm stellabystarlight wrote, “She quit her job…..so be it. What is the big deal?”

And thus, using her own words confirms to EVERYONE and ANYONE reading this that this woman is nasty mean and uncaring.

Wow well said ,nasty ,mean spirited ,ethnocentric propagandist.

highlander
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highlander

Richard tremblay June 28, 2013 at 6:53 pm

” Howard, no rights were violated.”

I guess you and your separatist brethren do not believe in Freedom of expression!

But go ahead read the charter of rights BE INFORMED.

OR like your brethren do not believe in that as well as our constitution ?

Richard tremblay
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Richard tremblay

according to howard, freedom of expression means you can say anything and everything you want…everywhere and anywhere you want…NOT!
– no laws were broken at IGA. I have actually been to that IGA. YOu can be served in english there. IN fact, Québec is more bilingual then Ontario and all the other provinces put together. Actually go to Québec before complaining…
Cette petite là doit apprendre que c’est l’employeur qui a le dernier mot. Elle à l’air gâtée pourrie.

Dave Windsor
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Dave Windsor

It is time we all gave up on Quebec. They are more determined to be french only than we are to be bi-lingual and tolerant within Quebec. Frankly, big business caused a lot of the anger of Quebec french because of the Anglo/English top brass being the main leaders. The resentment of where the money always came from was too overwhelming for them and intolerance set in. Now they answer to know one but their own french government who are in control of everything. They have the best of one world…theirs very own bubble. Now the icing on the cake… Read more »

Theo
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Theo

Facebook Group – Boycott IGA

https://www.facebook.com/boycottmenardIGA

David Oldham
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David Oldham

@THEO

Add METRO and RONA and all the rest of QUEBEC based corporations to the BOYCOTT. Start sending the offending province the message that we will no longer support nor reward bad and embarrassing behavior towards the rest of CANADA.

Norman Simon
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Norman Simon

Very good article. However, you do have an error: “The Language Nazi owner of the IGA, a Madame Louise Menard was quoted as saying; 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.” Actually, it was not Louise Menard who said this, bur rather her manager at the IGA store. I was there with my family last night. I wrote on Facebook: “Good evening, all! Well, we all went to the IGA earlier this evening and about 80 people were… Read more »

James Wolfe
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James Wolfe

I really get a kick out of some of you people who actually defend this type of hatred, intolerant racist behaviour going on in Quebec (bills 22, 178, 101…), you know who you are, Stella…. People like you see what you want to see, hear what you want to hear and believe what you want to believe…pathetic really. My suggestion to you clowns is to look up the words reason, logic, facts, truth, critical thinking…just to mention a few. Also read the Tragedy of Quebec, Bilingual today, French tomorrow, The monstrous trick, just to name a few. Educate yourself before… Read more »

Highlander
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Highlander

Richard tremblay June 28, 2013 at 10:04 pm “according to howard, freedom of expression means you can say anything and everything you want…everywhere and anywhere you want…NOT! – no laws were broken at IGA. I have actually been to that IGA.” Richard freedom of expression has limitations such as defamation,hate speech-in Quebec the state limits are to one language. But why are you not able to communicate in any one of the 200 languages everywhere and anywhere you want -this tell me that you do not believe in Freedom of expression. Let me refer to the charter of rights that’s… Read more »

stellabystarlight
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stellabystarlight

David that applies both ways, if one is not happy living in this peace loving country and stays here to cause problems and sow hatred among it’s people………THEY CAN LEAVE NOW!!! Name calling is a sign of immaturity, desperation and lack of intelligence. Knowing from where it’s coming is somewhat irrelevant and amusing. Yep HIGH NOON….. the English radicals will be gathered to hear their savior, galganov himself in all his splendor, proclaim how bad this country is and how to eliminate the French culture. Imagine!!! Something to be proud of for sure!!!! galganov/highlander has very few followers here in… Read more »

Lou
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Lou

Please note that the gentleman posting as Ex Quebecer (the one who moved to Texas ) IS NOT ME. Obviously he is new to this forum or he would not have used the moniker I most usually post under. I would politely request he choose another title if only because after months of responses here, I believe I have earned the right to post here with that name. Stella says this is not news. ROTFL. I DARE her to say that about a racist francophone employee in Ontario who is forced to use English at all times. That would be… Read more »

Highlander
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Highlander

stellabystarlight June 29, 2013 at 10:26 am “David that applies both ways, if one is not happy living in this peace loving country and stays here to cause problems and sow hatred among it’s people………THEY CAN LEAVE NOW!!!” Once again there Stella -freedom of expression -fundamental freedoms -therefore you are saying if you don’t like the status -quo of infringement of rights -Just leave! So you would have said that to the civil rights groups in the states as well-“Leave if you don’t like it!” somehow I could in-vision you with a white cloak and a cross. sad truly sad.… Read more »

Theo
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Theo

Some French language zealots in Quebec have a Facebook page where they are pledging support for the actions of Les Marches IGA Louise Menard to oppose the Boycott IGA movement. (I could provide a link but I will not be giving the language zealots any more publicity.) BTW, they are censoring any comments on their Facebook that do not support their agenda. An indication of what kind of independent Quebec they want.

Highlander
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Highlander

Amazing Theo -French language Zealots in support of violating the charters freedom of expression ,not surprised as the state violates those charter rights daily.

The charter of Rights is not worth the paper is written on, as its been violated more then a cheap hooker by Quebec.

Canada and the world are waking up to this Ethnocentric intolerant behavior that exists in Quebec .

Yes not all the Quebec people behave this way but they certainly advocate for it by not speaking up against it.

bella-b
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bella-b

Stella, I tell you this as someone who isn’t anywhere near as passionate about the topic that gets you so hot, for a lot reasons. But I’ve been doing some reading in the archives here at CFN recently, and I’ll tell you what I’ve noticed that you just don’t see. You are no different than this Galganov fella you claim to dislike so much. In fighting the imagined bogeyman you have become one yourself. You have made your argument pointless with your hard edged, take no prisoners kind of attacks. No one hears what you say anymore. Time to take… Read more »

Highlander
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Highlander

Funny the separatist doesn’t talk of the cultural diversity within Quebec for hundreds of years prior to the 1960’s how inconvenient is that ?

But now they deny that history!

http://www.morrin.org/pages/anglos.php

stellabystarlight
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stellabystarlight

I said it once and I will repeat for those who have comprehension problems. I truly have no problem with, equality and freedoms. ABSOLUTELY NOT! The big problem is the way you go about pushing your radical agenda, how you are trying desperately to separate this wonderful country and trying to cause havoc among Canadians. THAT IS A BIG PROBLEM FOR MANY!!!! That big problem was very obvious when your savior, galganov ran for elections and went down in a humiliating defeat. Yes people believe in freedoms and equality, everybody does. Get on with your agenda and leave the peace… Read more »

bella-b
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bella-b

Big letters, little letters doesn’t really matter. You always say the same thing. “suck it up. I’m better. If you don’t want to be like me than you suck. get out.” 😉

highlander
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highlander

stellabystarlight June 29, 2013 at 4:56 pm

“The big problem is the way you go about pushing your radical agenda, how you are trying desperately to separate this wonderful country and trying to cause havoc among Canadians.”

If you really were concerned with a group trying to separate the country perhaps you should address,the separatist but you not about to propagandize against your brethren.

ItHappenedInCornwallToo
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ItHappenedInCornwallToo

My unilingual english father was transferred to a bank in Cornwall’s ‘english side’ in the 1950s from the maritimes to help out due to the city’s population boon during the seaway contruction. There he found that the bank manager forbid its french employees to talk french among themselves at any time. I recall one story where his manager sent him to reprimand two female employees who were having a chat in french. When he approached them he said “you know you’re just upsetting the manager” and they said “yes we know”. The policy didn’t work then just as it wouldn’t… Read more »

stellabystarlight
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stellabystarlight

ITHAPPENEDINCORNWALLTOO,

INTERESTING!!!

Highlander
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Highlander

stellabystarlight July 2, 2013 at 5:25 pm “ITHAPPENEDINCORNWALLTOO, INTERESTING!!!” It happened in 1950’s It was wrong! But live now in the present should it be condoned because it happened in the past? So did segregation ,but wait we have right here in Eastern Ontario have 5 french only clinics and segregated School buses in Alexandria!Clinics Refuse you if you do not speak french and the taxpayers pay for this segregation! This clearly violates Health Canada regulations but all remain quiet with this! If the same were to happen to a francophone’s you would see riots in the streets ! All… Read more »

Reg Coffey
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ItHappenedInCornwallToo….So are you saying that it is OK to discriminate now because of something that happened over 50 years ago? If it was wrong then it is still wrong today. How on earth will we ever improve as a culture if we keep making the same mistakes?